High Sheriff to give her personal verdict on the UK justice system

31 Jan 2024

Woman in black robes with white frilly shirtfront and wide brimmed hat with white feather

The High Sheriff of Hampshire, Amelia Riviere (pictured in her robes of office) will give her personal view of the UK justice system in a free lecture at the University of Winchester on 21 February.

Amelia, who enjoyed a successful career in City of London, became a magistrate in 2010 and a Deputy Lieutenant of Hampshire in 2020.

As High Sheriff she is the King’s representative in the county for all matters relating to the judiciary and the maintenance of law and order.

Ameila said: “My talk will look at the individual elements of the system and how they interlink, from the magistrates’ courts through to the prisons.”

She is particularly interested in celebrating the crucial roles volunteers play in the justice system, describing them as the “putty in the structure”.

Volunteers include magistrates, jurors, chaplains, street pastors, custody visitors and lay members of various boards.

Amelia has a particular interest in substance addiction especially among the young, having been a member of the Drug Rehabilitation Requirement Panel. She is also a member of the Crown Court Appeal Panel.

She is a trustee of Allegra’s Ambition, a trust supporting young, disadvantaged people through sport and nature; homeless charity, Trinity Winchester; and the Hampton Trust, which works to prevent violence, domestic abuse and social isolation.

Amelia, who is nearing the end of her year as sheriff, said: “It has given me access to people and places I wouldn’t otherwise have seen. I have met incredibly impressive people who are doing extraordinary jobs within the system.”

Bill Davies, Dean of the Faculty of Law Crime and Justice said: “We are delighted to welcome Amelia to the University for our Inaugural High Sheriff’s Lecture.

“We are lucky to have a speaker with such a wealth of experience of so many aspects of the wider justice system - a system in which many students from this faculty hope to pursue careers.  We look forward to hearing Amelia’s insights and opinions.”

The High Sheriff’s lecture begins at 6.30pm in the Stripe Auditorium in the University’s King Alfred Quarter. Complimentary welcome drinks will be available from 6pm. Parking is available in ‘The Dytche’ car park (entrance adjacent to Milnthorpe Lane).

 For more information and to reserve a place visit High Sheriff's Lecture: Amelia Riviere Tickets, Wed 21 Feb 2024 at 18:30 | Eventbrite

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