Who is my Neighbour? The Role of Volunteers in the Justice System

In association with The Sheriffs' and Recorder's Fund and Citizens Advice Witness Service

During the year of our 120th anniversary we were delighted that the Sir Harold Hood Memorial Lecture was held in Court Number 1 at The Old Bailey, The Central Criminal Court of England and Wales.

The lecture was given by His Honour Judge Nicholas Hilliard QC, Recorder of London, who holds the most senior legal post at The Old Bailey. He is also the patron of Pact's court service

Guests also had the chance to hear from a panel of Pact volunteers who shared their first hand experience of the criminal justice system. 

Following the lecture, guests were welcomed to a very special reception in the prestigious Judges' Dining Room. They also had a rare opportunity to take part in a guided tour of the 112 year old court, personally escorted by His Honour Judge Nicholas Hilliard and his friends.

About the Lecture

The Sir Harold Hood Memorial Lecture is held most years by Pact as an opportunity to celebrate the life and memory of a great friend and champion, the late Sir Harold Hood. The lecture seeks to contribute to public knowledge and understanding of how we as a society can make our prisons places in which individuals can achieve personal change and growth, and leave to live good lives, in stable and healthy relationships with family and the wider community.

Previous lectures have been given by Archbishop (now Cardinal) Vincent Nichols, Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor, Bishop Richard Moth, Dr Galena Rhoades, Lucia do Rosario-Neil, Sister Gemma Simmonds CJ.

About Sir Harold Hood

Sir Harold Hood, 2nd Baronet (23 January 1916 – 5 September 2005) was a devout Catholic Christian who worked in Catholic publishing for much of his life, including working on the Catholic Herald and The Universe newspapers. He was a generous philanthropist with a keen interest in prison reform and prisoner rehabilitation, and was personally involved with many charities including Pact (Prison Advice and Care Trust). Sir Harold Hood was a Knight of Malta and a Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St. Gregory the Great. He died aged 89. His family have continued to support the work of Pact and a number of other charities through the charitable trust founded in his name.

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