Rethinking Confidence in the Criminal Justice System: Alternative Perspectives on Public Understandings

Thursday 13 November 2008
Research Beehive, Old Library Building
Newcastle University

This one-day, ESRC-funded conference focuses on ways of rethinking `confidence’ in the Criminal Justice System, and is part of the wider dissemination of the insights and innovations generated by a research-led Knowledge Transfer Partnership between Newcastle University and Northumbria Local Criminal Justice Board – see The  event will introduce a range of alternative perspectives on how `confidence’ may be conceptualised, measured and applied to questions of criminal justice, and will be of particular interest to professionals and policy-makers responsible for developing national, regional and local strategies for improving levels of public confidence. 

The conference brings together the cutting-edge work of the Newcastle-Northumbria LCJB KTP research with a range of ground-breaking work from the UK and US exploring public understandings of and engagement with criminal justice matters.  The one-day event will include paper presentations, workshops and practitioner-led roundtable discussions; it is aimed at developing clarity for practitioners working under Public Service Agreements to improve public confidence in the effectiveness and fairness of the Criminal Justice System. 

The event will be of interest to key policy-makers, professionals and practitioners working within the statutory sector of criminal justice, as well as organisational representatives from the Office of Criminal Justice Reform, the Criminal Justice System and the National Criminal Justice Board; it will also be of interest to Home Office research analysts and communications officers, business managers and confidence leads of the 42 Local Criminal Justice Boards (LCJB), the 352 Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnerships in England, and the 22 Community Safety Partnerships in Wales.

The conference is supported by NIASSH, and is funded by an ESRC Impact Grant Award .  The costs for the day, including refreshments and buffet lunch are £50. There is a limit of 100 places; Once you have registered , you can pay online here.