Legal Training Centre (St Petersburg): Legal Seminar in St Petersburg, 11-12 November 2016 ‘Working with offenders in the community. Alternative forms of justice’

posted 7 Dec 2016, 11:11 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 7 Dec 2016, 11:15 ]
Центр правовых программ (Санкт Петербург)
The seminar ‘Working with offenders in the community. Alternative forms of justice’ is the second in a series of seminars held in St. Petersburg in a collaboration between Citizens’ Watch International (London) and Legal Training Centre (St. Petersburg). The seminar was attended by over 50 defence lawyers from St Petersburg and the Northwest Region of Russia. 

The three speakers from the UK all have rich experience, both of working in the justice system in the UK and in contributing to international projects. Judge Nick Crichton CBE, a solicitor for 15 years and a District Judge for 27 years, is a passionate advocate for children’s rights who has chaired the Voice of the Child subcommittee of the Family Justice Council for many years. He has been instrumental in setting up the Family Drug and Alcohol Court and is also a trustee of Lumos, a charity set up by JK Rowling to enable provision of care for children outside institutions. Andrew Bernhardt has worked for 22 years as a probation officer and specialises in the management and assessment of high risk offenders. He is a senior lecturer at the UK’s Hertfordshire University where he teaches on a Masters program in child protection. Keith Davies is Associate Professor at the School of Social Work, Kingston University, and currently leads the BA in Social Work programme. He has extensive experience as a probation officer and a Senior Lecturer in criminal justice in higher education. He has also worked as a trainer for Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Prisons in the UK. 

11 November 2016
The first session led by Andrew Bernhardt began with a look at what probation is and how it works. He set the seminar off with an unusual brainstorming session. He proposed participants imagine a world without crime and consider the resultant pluses and minuses. The ‘pluses’ that participants ascribed to this ‘golden era’ were varied, including: universal happiness, well-being, positive human relations, a reduction in spending on law enforcement, and an increase in the population. [Read more