IBA turns spotlight on children for conference

THE ROLE of children in the criminal justice system will provide the focus for the biennial conference of the

International Bar Association's section on general practice.

The conference, to be held in Edinburgh from 10 to 13 June, is on the theme of 'Grim tales: children in crime'.

Children as victims, offenders and witnesses are among the areas to be covered by the conference, which will include Director of Public Prosecutions Barbara Mills QC, Bar chairman Peter Goldsmith QC and Lord Woolf among its speakers.

Lawyers involved in the high-profile James Bulger murder case will also speak and delegates will hear from prison officials, detectives, police officers, social workers and psychologists.

IBA press officer Lorna Macleod says 500 lawyers from more than 60 countries are expected to attend the conference, which will host meetings of the section's 22 committees.

The first meeting of the newly-formed committee on gender issues will also be

convened.

“The conference is going to cover issues which are of general concern to practitioners, a lot of which are extremely topical such as Lord Woolf's review of the criminal justice system,” says Macleod.