About Intermediaries for Justice
Welcome to our IfJ website. We hope that professionals working within the justice system, and also members of the public, will find information here which will throw light on the varied and challenging role of an intermediary.
IfJ is the professional body for intermediaries who work in the justice system with police, judges and lawyers – in crown, magistrates and family courts in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Intermediaries fall into several, and often overlapping, categories according to their training and the types of work which they undertake. But the factor common to all is that they support two-way communication between personnel in the justice system and those who previously had often been considered incapable of giving clear and effective evidence.
The primary purpose of IfJ is to increase awareness and understanding of intermediary work; to promote its use with victims, witnesses and defendants who are vulnerable; to foster a shared intermediary identity and enhance our quality and practice; and to provide a link between intermediaries across England, Wales, Northern Ireland and even further afield.
At this time of significant change in the way the justice system enables vulnerable people to give evidence, IfJ is also committed to supporting Ministry of Justice, the National Crime Agency, the Advocacy Training Council and other interested bodies through the challenging evolutionary process. We are grateful to these bodies for their interest and encouragement.
I see the establishment of an intermediary professional body as a positive step in the evolution of this discipline.
Frank Glen, National Crime Agency
Intermediaries for Justice welcomes applications for Full Membership from all Registered Intermediaries, including our colleagues in Northern Ireland and also those intermediaries who have been trained by Communicourt and Triangle.
We hope that many members of the police, lawyers and barristers, the judiciary, researchers and other interested professionals will also join us as Associate Members.
Once subscribed, members will be enabled to access our IfJ Members Area which contains a Discussion Forum and Library of articles, references and resources. Seminars and the option of Professional Indemnity cover at a competitive rate will also be available.