A Prosecution Service for the 21st Century

Posted by er134 at Sep 26, 2013 10:54 AM |
Director of Public Prosecutions to talk at the University of Leicester on Wednesday 2 October

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 26 September 2013

The University of Leicester’s Department of Criminology starts the new academic year with the first public lecture of the Scarman Lecture series, to be given by the Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir Starmer QC, entitled ‘A Prosecution Service for the 21st Century’.

The lecture takes place on Wednesday 2 October 2013 at 4:30pm, Peter Williams Lecture theatre at the University of Leicester and is free and open the public.

Keir Starmer was called to the Bar in 1987 and appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2002.  He practised from Doughty Street Chambers since its inception in 1990 and was appointed Head of Chambers in 2007.  His main areas of practice were human rights, international law, judicial review and criminal law. He is the author of several leading text books on human rights and criminal law.

Keir was named QC of the Year in the field of human rights and public law in 2007 by the Chambers and Partners directory and in 2005 he won the Bar Council’s Sydney Elland Goldsmith award for his outstanding contribution to pro bono work in challenging the death penalty throughout the Caribbean and also in Uganda, Kenya and Malawi.

From 2003-2008, Keir Starmer was the human rights advisor to the Policing Board in Northern Ireland.  In that capacity he worked with the Policing Board to ensure that the Police Service of Northern Ireland fully complied with its obligations under the Human Rights Act 1998.

He was appointed as Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and Head of the Crown Prosecution Service in 2008.

Since taking up the post of Director of Public Prosecutions, Keir has introduced Core Quality Standards within the CPS and a robust quality assurance framework to ensure that all prosecutors provide a high quality service to the public.

Keir also oversaw the merger of the Crown Prosecution Service and the Revenue and Customs Prosecutions Office in 2009/10.  A specialist revenue and customs division now operates successfully within the CPS, and significant savings have been made.

As DPP, Keir has had to handle many complex and sensitive issues such as Assisted Suicide and cases in which members of the House of Commons and House of Lords have been charged with criminal offences. He has also led on publishing important guidance for prosecutors e.g. those on Assisted Suicide, assessing the public interest in cases affecting the media, joint enterprise, social media and has recently issued interim guidelines for Child Sexual Abuse cases.

Keir has received Honorary Degrees from the University of Essex and University of Leeds, and he is an Honorary Fellow of St Edmund College, Oxford University and a Bencher of Middle Temple. Keir has recently accepted an Honorary Degree from London School of Economics and Political Science, which will be awarded in December 2013.

Professor Adrian Beck, Head of the Department of Criminology said: “The Department is delighted to welcome Keir Starmer, Director of Public Prosecutions, to the University of Leicester as the latest contributor to the prestigious Scarman Lecture series.

“Keir has an extremely impressive record of working at the highest levels within the criminal justice system and his tenure as DPP has seen him respond to a wide range of high profile and challenging cases as well as developing new policy to deal with fundamental changes in the way in which the wider public increasingly interact with and understand the role of the criminal justice system.”

The lecture is on Wednesday 2 October 2013 at 4:30pm, Peter Williams Lecture theatre at the University of Leicester. The event free and open to all, and there will be a wine reception after the lecture.

Places are very limited and all bookings must be made by contacting Russell Knifton at rk191@le.ac.uk or phone 0116 252 5780

More information can be found at: http://www2.le.ac.uk/departments/criminology/news-and-events/scarmanlecture

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