Lord David Hope to deliver 2014 Kilbrandon Lecture

This years Kilbrandon Lecture will be delivered by Lord David Hope of Craighead, former Lord President of the Court of Session and Lord Justice General.

Lord Hope will reflect on a number of important cases which came his way that have influenced the shape and direction of Scotland’s Children’s Hearings system and consider their impact on Kilbrandon’s vision.

The ‘Remembering Lord Kilbrandon’ lecture will take place on Thursday 27 November in the McCance Building at the University of Strathclyde and entry is free.

The Kilbrandon Lecture series was inaugurated in 1999, and is supported by the Scottish Government and the University of Strathclyde.

Lord Kilbrandon chaired the committee which led to the formation of the Scottish Children’s Hearings system, a unique framework of care and justice designed to ensure that children’s ‘deeds and needs’ are considered whenever formal legal proceedings related to care and justice arise.

It is 50 years since Charles Shaw, Lord Kilbrandon, produced his Committee’s report which led to the abolition of juvenile courts in Scotland and their replacement by lay panels – ‘children’s hearings’ as they have come to be known.  This was a radical change especially when considered in the context of 1960’s conservative Scotland.

If you wish to attend, register on University of Strathclyde website here: http://ewds.strath.ac.uk/register/TheKilbrandonLecture2014.aspx