UCL Judicial Institute
Judicial Institute projects
The Judicial Institute's (JI) Judicial Research Programme is the UK's only dedicated programme of empirical research exploring the process of judicial decision-making, judicial attitudes, the judicial process, judicial appointments, training and education, and it also provides expert advice to policy-makers on reform of the courts and judicial processes.
The UCL Jury Project has pioneered the study of jury decision-making in the criminal courts in this country, using innovative research methods and working only with actual jurors at court. Landmark studies include Are Juries Fair? and Diversity and Fairness in the Jury System, both of which tackle sensitive and controversial issues about the fairness of trial by jury.
The Tribunals Research Programme includes a path-breaking study of decision-making by tribunal panels funded by the Nuffield Foundation and conducted in co-operation with the Tribunals Service. The Programme also includes research on tribunal users' perceptions of the fairness of the tribunal process.
Members of the Judicial Institute have conducted this country's first empirical analysis of the judicial appointment process, explored reasons for highly qualified practitioners not applying for senior judicial posts, and have provided expert advice to government on increasing judicial diversity working with the JAC, Neuberger Panel and current Judicial Appointments Review.
The Future Justice Programme explores the changing role of judges and courts in the 21st century. This includes the Virtual Justice Programme which utilises the UCL Laws Moot Courtroom and new high tech facilities to explore the impact of the use of technology and virtual courtroom procedures on the justice system.
Members of the Judicial Institute are international authorities in civil justice, dispute resolution and public use of the legal system. This includes landmark studies on Paths to Justice and the recent Hamlyn Lectures Judging Civil Justice. Current research includes the Civil Justice Reform Project.