Skip to content

Mapping the Changing Face of Cross Examination: Practitioner Perspectives

Sitting judge at bench

We are pleased to announce a forthcoming colloquium on Mapping the Changing Faces of Cross Examination, which will be held on Friday 1 October 2021.

  • When: Friday 1 October 2021, 9.30 am
  • Registration: 9.30 am
  • Location: Nottingham Conference Centre, 30 Burton St, Nottingham, NG1 4BU
  • Booking deadline: Friday 24 September 2021, 12.00 pm
  • Download this event to your calendar

Past event

Event details

The colloquium provides a forum for academics, judges, advocates and intermediaries to share their understandings and experiencing of how cross-examination is changing in the criminal courts. In particular, it is envisaged that discussions will focus on the changes to how vulnerable witnesses are questioned, the scope of the Ground Rules Hearings, the role of intermediaries and changing dynamics of advocacy within criminal trials.

The event forms part of Mapping the Changing Face of Cross Examination, a cross-institutional Nottingham Trent and University of Nottingham research project funded by the Nuffield Foundation. The colloquium is designed to inform the research team of the impact of key changes such as the introduction of Ground Rules Hearings, the use of intermediaries and pre-recorded cross-examination on professional practice, and whether the evolution of such practices is helping witnesses to achieve their best evidence. The research will also monitor the extent to which, if any, the current pressure to expedite cases is causing a shift in the fundamental nature of cross-examination, for better or for worse.

If you are in practice as a judge, advocate, or intermediary, the research team would very much welcome your input into this event. Refreshments, lunch and reasonable travel expenses will be provided.

To reserve your place, please contact Professor Jonathan Doak directly before registering your interest above.


9.30 - 10.00amRegistration / Coffee (including housekeeping)
10.00 - 10.10amWelcome (Jenny Chapman, Executive Dean of Nottingham Law School)
10.10 - 10.30amOpening Address, HHJ Sarah Whitehouse QC, London Circuit
10.30 - 10.45amIntroduction to the Project (Prof John Jackson, Prof Jonathan Doak, Dr Candida Saunders, Dr David Wright)
10.45 - 11.00amCoffee
11.00 - 11.15amReflections, Tim Jebb BL
11.15 - 12.00pmDiscussion - The Roles of Judges and Advocates
12.00 - 12.45pmLunch
12.45 - 1.00pmReflections, Alison Cousins and Sallie Mellors TBC (Registered Intermediaries)
1.00 - 1.45pmDiscussion - The Roles of Intermediaries and Witnesses
1.45 - 2.00pmCoffee
2.00 - 2.15pmReflections, Prof Penny Cooper BL
2.15 - 3.00pmDiscussion - Facing the Future
3.00 - 3.15pmWrap up and Close (Prof John Jackson, Prof Jonathan Doak, Dr Candida Saunders, Dr David Wright)

Location details


Nottingham Conference Centre
30 Burton St

Past event

Still need help?

+44 (0)115 941 8418