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Intermediaries for vulnerable suspects and defendants

IfJ has launched a new automated system to enable solicitors to make contact with member intermediaries who accept referrals for vulnerable suspects and defendants. Finding a suitable intermediary has hitherto been something of a lottery – the MoJ matching service is currently confined to vulnerable victims and witnesses. In setting up this new service IfJ […]

IfJ Conference ‘Working with Defendants’

Around 100 people gathered at City Law School on 14th March to make IfJ’s first conference a lively and successful event. Applications to attend were still arriving in the final few days, and with some last minute juggling workshop places were found for everyone. Grateful thanks are due to: Sharon Richardson and Catherine O’Neill in […]

Book review – Court and Legal Skills

Professor Penny Cooper’s accessible new book Court and Legal Skills, published by Palgrave Macmillan, demystifies the legal world and makes terminology, process and procedure accessible to those working in a range of different areas within Social Care. It is essential reading for those new to Social Work Law, as well as more experienced social workers, […]

Book – Court and Legal Skills

Professor Penny Cooper’s accessible new book Court and Legal Skills, published by Palgrave Macmillan, demystifies the legal world and makes terminology, process and procedure accessible to those working in a range of different areas within Social Care. It is essential reading for those new to Social Work Law, as well as more experienced social workers, […]

Up to 100 more Registered Intermediaries to be recruited

Justice Secretary Chris Grayling announced that the government has pledged to double the number of experts who help vulnerable witnesses and victims in courts in England and Wales. He said that up to 100 Registered Intermediaries would be recruited in a campaign due to start next month. Demand for RIs has increased dramatically over the […]

The Communication Trust ’round table event’

In November 2014, The Communication Trust hosted a round table event with key stakeholders, including an IfJ Registered Intermediary, from across the youth justice and speech, language and communication needs (SLCN) sectors. The event facilitated a discussion about the current policy and practice landscape and made recommendations for practical action to improve outcomes for children […]

New ‘Truth and Lies’ Resource

There is a requirement that, as part of a child’s evidence to be used in criminal or family proceedings, their understanding of the difference between truth and lies needs to be demonstrated. Triangle, a company based near Brighton in East Sussex, have recently launched a new smart phone app and DVD to facilitate the assessment […]

Gill & Dan At Launch

IfJ launch at City Law School, London

We were delighted that so many people supported our official launch event on 10th December. In all, over 70 people attended including our three Honorary Members, David Wurtzel, Joyce Plotnikoff and Richard Woolfson and our first patron Lady Henrietta St George. There were also many intermediaries, representatives of the MoJ, NCA, Judiciary, CPS, police, solicitors, […]

Joyce At IfJ Launch

There is nothing like a Dame!

IfJ is delighted to learn that Honorary Member Joyce Plotnikoff was awarded a justly deserved DBE in the New Year Honours List in recognition of her work in support of vulnerable people within the criminal justice system, and of the Witness Intermediary Scheme. The citation reads: “Joyce Plotnikoff has shown extraordinary dedication to improving the […]