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Saturday 21 April 2018

Third European Lay Judge Forum to be Held in London

50 lay judges from countries all over Europe are meeting to agree and publish a joint European Charter. The third European Lay Judge Forum is being held in London from 22 to 24 July 2011. The Forum's objective is to extend lay involvement in judicial decision making as an essential component of a democratic society.  In essence, the objective is to create a European wide strategy to emphasise the role of ordinary citizens as judges and assessors within the justice systems of any of the states.

The 2011 Lay Judge Forum will be taking place in London, on the occasion of the 650th celebration of the institution of Justices of the Peace in England and Wales. The Forum is a constituent part of the project entitled ‘European Day of Lay Judges’ which is funded by the European Commission. It has been organised by the European Academy Berlin, the Federal Association of Lay Judges (Germany) and the Magistrates’ Association of England and Wales.

Outline of the programme

Friday, 22 July 2011

13.30 hrs Reception at the Magistrates’ Association
Visit to Supreme Court and to Royal Court of Justice
19.00 hrs Close


Saturday, 23 July 2011

09.00 hrs Lay involvement in criminal law across Europe
14.00 hrs Lay involvement in civil law across Europe
17.00 hrs Lay involvement in commercial law
17.30 hrs Lay involvement in juvenile law
18.00 hrs Close


Sunday, 24 July 2011

09.00 hrs A European charter for lay judges: discussion
14.00 hrs A European college of lay judges
15.30 hrs Conference closes



Conference venue

The Royal College of Surgeons of England
35-43 Lincoln’s Inn Fields
London WC2A 3PE 

For further information please see: 

Or contact John Thornhill, Chairman, Magistrates’ Association telephone 07714 759 466 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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