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Digital ThinkIn – Is there such a thing as a fair trial?


About this ThinkIn

Is our justice system still fit for purpose or is wholesale judicial reform long overdue?

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Is there such a thing as a fair trial? What part do unconscious bias, representation and resources play in the criminal justice process? Exploring his experiences as former Chief Crown Prosecutor and Chief Executive of the UK’s Police & Crime Commissioners, Nazir Afzal OBE joins Amanda Pinto, Chair of the Bar Council, to discuss the case for judicial reform, whilst we examine key learnings and faultlines from high profile prosecutions including the so-called Rochdale sex grooming gang and judicial process in terms of fair representation.

Chair: James Harding, Editor and Co-founder, Tortoise

Our special guests include:

Nazir Afzal OBE, former Chief Crown Prosecutor and was Chief Executive of the UK’s Police & Crime Commissioners. Over two decades, Nazir prosecuted some of the most high profile cases in the country, with a special focus on domestic violence, child sexual abuse, and honour-based violence, including the prosecution of the so-called Rochdale sex grooming gang. Today he sits on the board of the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) and is National Adviser on Gender Based Violence to the Welsh Government. In 2018 he joined the advisory board of Google’s Innovation Fund for counter-extremism.

Amanda Pinto, Chair of the Bar Council and was Chair of the International Committee of the Bar Council 2015-2018. Amanda is regularly asked to deliver speeches and training to lawyers and the judiciary worldwide on corporate criminal liability, corruption and money laundering. She is an expert in international financial wrongdoing and cases raising intricate cross-border questions, Amanda has a niche practice in some of the most high-profile cases within the field, in particular, corporate crime, fraud, money laundering and corruption cases with an international dimension. She was made a Queen’s Counsel (QC) in 2006.

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Is there such a thing as a fair trial? What part do unconscious bias, representation and resources play in the criminal justice process? Exploring his experiences as former Chief Crown Prosecutor and Chief Executive of the UK’s Police & Crime Commissioners, Nazir Afzal OBE joins Amanda Pinto, Chair of the Bar Council, to discuss the case for judicial reform, whilst we examine key learnings and faultlines from high profile prosecutions including the so-called Rochdale sex grooming gang and judicial process in terms of fair representation.

Hosts and guests

Chair: James Harding
Editor and Co-founder, Tortoise

Nazir Afzal OBE, former Chief Crown Prosecutor and was Chief Executive of the UK’s Police & Crime Commissioners. Over two decades, Nazir prosecuted some of the most high profile cases in the country, with a special focus on domestic violence, child sexual abuse, and honour-based violence, including the prosecution of the so-called Rochdale sex grooming gang. Today he sits on the board of the Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) and is National Adviser on Gender Based Violence to the Welsh Government. In 2018 he joined the advisory board of Google’s Innovation Fund for counter-extremism.

Amanda Pinto, Chair of the Bar Council and was Chair of the International Committee of the Bar Council 2015-2018. Amanda is regularly asked to deliver speeches and training to lawyers and the judiciary worldwide on corporate criminal liability, corruption and money laundering. She is an expert in international financial wrongdoing and cases raising intricate cross-border questions, Amanda has a niche practice in some of the most high-profile cases within the field, in particular, corporate crime, fraud, money laundering and corruption cases with an international dimension. She was made a Queen’s Counsel (QC) in 2006.