Sir Mark Hedley Distinguished Law Lecture Series concludes with sentencing debateMonday 7 December 2015
Professor Sir Mark Hedley will present the last lecture in his Distinguished Law Lecture Series this Tuesday with a lecture entitled, ‘The Sentence of the Court: What is society’s purpose?’
The lectures have attracted students, lawyers, members of the public and those with an interest in social justice. Over the last two months Sir Mark has tackled issues such as end of life, society’s view of the judge and the state’s role in Intervening in people’s private lives to Protect.
Reflecting on all the issues raised in this series of lectures, in his final lecture Sir Mark will suggest that perhaps the key question is one of trust. Is society prepared to trust judges with the powers that they have and do justice in a way that society recognises as just? Do judges deserve that trust? Indeed is it a realistic expectation?
About Sir Mark Hedley
Sir Mark was educated at Framlingham College in Suffolk and Liverpool University (LLB Hons (1968) and Hon LLD (2002)). He was called to the Bar in 1969 and after Voluntary Service Overseas in the Sudan practised in Liverpool in 1971 – 92, being head of Chambers 1983 – 92. Appointed a circuit judge in 1992, he was course Director in family law at the Judicial Studies Board 1997 – 2002.
He was appointed a High Court judge in 2002 with special responsibility for family law in Wales (2002 – 7) and Greater London (2007 – 11). He is an Honorary Fellow of Liverpool John Moores University. As a High Court judge he has many reported decision in the field of criminal, family, medical and mental capacity law. He remains a visiting lecturer for the Judicial College and has given seminars and media interviews on family, mental capacity and medical law.
Sir Mark is a key member of the Everton community. After helping at the Shewsy Legal Advice Centre in 1972. In 1976, he became involved with West Everton Community Council, as secretary and then as treasurer. He also serves St Peter’s Church in Everton as an Anglican Reader and he is Chancellor of the Diocese of Liverpool.