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The Disappearing Trial - The rule of law in a world with more guilty pleas and fewer trials

Date: 12th October 2017

Time: 18:00 - 20:00

Venue: Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP (London), 65 Fleet Street, LONDON, EC4Y 1HS

Event Details

Time: 18:00-20:00 (registration from 17:30)

Venue: Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, 65 Fleet Street, London EC4Y 1HS


Co-organised by the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law and Fair Trials

The event brings together leading lawyers from the UK and the US to discuss the growing reliance on trial waiver systems. Countries across the globe are finding new ways to persuade people to simply admit guilt and forego the right to a trial. In the US, 97% of federal cases are settled in this manner. In Brazil, they have gained prominence in Operation Car Wash. In England and Wales, changes introduced to sentencing guidelines last year are also encouraging earlier pleas. A distinguished panel will discuss the implications of trial waiver systems for the rule of law, and other criminal justice priorities such as efforts to tackle torture, corruption, the overuse of pre-trial detention.


Sir Jeffrey Jowell QC, founding Director of the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law, Blackstone Chambers


  • Timothy Otty QC, Blackstone Chambers
  • Nancy Hollander, Associate Tenant, Doughty Street Chambers
  • Jago Russell, Fair Trials
  • Dr Juliet Horne, University of Warwick

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