Court and Tribunal Reforms inquiry

IfJ have been invited to voice the views of intermediaries on a Defendant engagement panel. This is what led IfJ to take part in the HMCTS Court Reform Update in November 2018, where we fed in thoughts about the reforms  and their impact on the communication of vulnerable adults and children, throughout the day in various workshops. IfJ has now been asked to comment on access to justice in light of the proposals to move to online processes and digital hearings and to close courts. The Justice Committee has (rightly) raised concerns about access to justice and we will respond highlighting the difficulties for some vulnerable people who we work with, who will not be able to access ‘online justice’ with […]

Meet Oliver, Europe’s first ‘Justice Dog’

A detailed article by Philippa Budgen about Oliver, a specially trained ‘justice facility dog’, who provides emotional support to children and vulnerable people giving evidence in traumatic legal proceedings. Read Philippa’s article here.   Meet Oliver the Justice Dog

LEF Grant funding

Good news! IfJ put in a bid for funding from the Legal Education Foundation (LEF) . We are delighted that we have been successful and have been awarded £30,000. This is brilliant news and will enable us to put into action many of our aims and projects.

BOOK NOW: IfJ Annual General Meeting & Professional Development Seminar, 15th November

Date: Thursday 15th November 2018 Location: ‘thestudio’, Cannon Street, Birmingham B2 5EP (2 minutes’ walk from New Street Station) Time: 10am to 4.30pm. You are welcome to arrive from 9.15am onwards for coffee & conversation. Cost: IfJ members @ £45, Non-members @ £70 Click here to book Refreshments and lunch are included, please let us know about any dietary requirements.  This event is fully accessible – please let us know if you have any particular requirements – events@intermediaries-for-justice.org The AGM will start at 10 am followed by the Seminar from 10.30 which will include: ➢ Ministry of Justice update ➢ Setting the vision for our profession ➢ Intermediaries as lone workers – using the KAWA model ➢ Case presentations highlighting […]

‘Working with Defendants’ workshop – last minute space available

Due to a last minute cancellation we have 1 space available on the ‘Working with Defendants Workshop’ this Friday.  Venue: Centenary Plaza, 18 Holliday Street, Birmingham, B1 1TW (This is less than a 10 minutes walk from New Street or Moor Street train station). Date: 21st September 2018 Price: £90   Please get in touch at events@intermediaries-for-justice.org should you wish to attend.       

Intermediaries and secondary trauma: developments in Australia

The potential for criminal justice professionals to experience secondary trauma is increasingly recognised: the risk increases for those whose caseloads consist largely of child abuse cases. In Australia, pilot intermediary programmes are underway in New South Wales and Victoria. In Victoria, the pilot involves a group of self-employed and a few employed (‘internal’) intermediaries. The Department of Justice and Regulation considers a well-being strategy for all of them as a ‘common-sense occupational health and safety issue’ in relation to vicarious trauma.  Intermediaries are encouraged to find ‘a good professional supervisor’ but in addition, the Department recognises the potential for: ‘exposure to graphic material and explicit information, as well as managing a highly traumatised witness, to be extremely traumatic. It may be a single […]

Communication support in court for victims of child abuse

Solicitor Tracey Emmet reflects on the recent use of Eye Gaze technology in a trial where the witness was assisted by RI Clare Park. https://www.emmottsnell.co.uk/blog/communication-support-in-court-for-victims-of-child-abuse

APIL  (Association of Personal Injury lawyers) / ACAL (Association of Child Abuse lawyers) Abuse Conference

Date: Thursday 12th July 2018 Venue: Bloomsbury Hotel, London. Catherine O’Neill, Chair of IFJ and Clare Park, Trustee of IFJ Catherine and I had the pleasure of presenting at this conference last week. We were kindly invited for dinner the evening before in the Bloomsbury Hotel – an elegant boutique hotel located in the heart of London’s West End. The dinner was held in a private dining room – the Seamus Heaney Library.  As it was the night of the big England game against Croatia and hopes were high- the organisers amazingly arranged at very short notice (and with a great deal of effort) to have a screen set up in the private dining room so that all attending the […]