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‘Access to Justice’ for children and people with disability

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Stanley Burbury Theatre, University Centre

Churchill Avenue, Sandy Bay

Hobart, Tasmania 7000

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Her Honour Patricia Lees

Judge, Snaresbrook Crown Court, UK

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Before her appointment to the Bench, Patricia Lees practised at the Bar for almost 20 years, both prosecuting and defending the full gamut of crime but with an emphasis on serious sexual offences.

HHJ Lees is the co-author of The Sexual Offences Referencer and has contributed to other published works for some years.

Throughout her career there has been and remains a focus on providing education for the profession.

Patricia Lees was for several years a pivotal member of the Criminal Bar Association’s education committee. She was also directly involved in an initiative to provide training for the Bar after the introduction of intermediaries.

After her appointment to the Bench in 2009, HHJ Lees was appointed a Tutor Judge for the Judicial College of England and Wales and in that capacity regularly leads seminars during the courses provided for the judiciary including for those trying serious sexual offences.

She is part of a pan-profession committee set up to address the presentation of their evidence and the treatment of vulnerable witnesses and defendants within the court system. She was involved in training those who now train advocates in cross examination of vulnerable witnesses.

Patricia Lees was an advocacy and ethics trainer for students and young barristers of Lincoln’s Inn for over 15 years.

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