The Garnett Foundation was commissioned to deliver a diversity core training programme for magistrates and legal advisers to explore perceptions, attitudes and behaviour in relation to diversity matters in the Criminal Justice System.
Delegates from South Yorkshire observed a specially scripted drama depicting retiring room discussions between magistrates and legal advisers, which explored discrimination, prejudice and communication. Delegates agreed solutions as a team and practised the skills involved in challenging stereotypical and discriminatory language and behaviour, in accordance with the Court Service’s Competence Framework.
On the day
The event, which featured drama-based training, culminated in the development of goals in relation to supporting and promoting fair treatment towards all people and tackling inappropriate language and behaviour. It is significant to note that over 96% of the delegates agreed that they would recommend this event to another Magistrate and over 91% of delegates felt that the forum had a positive impact.