Communication in Investigative and Legal Contexts brings clarity to the subject by providing readers with in-depth coverage of the complex area of communication in forensic settings, for example during investigative interviewing of victims, witnesses and suspects / high interest groups, during discourse in courtrooms and via legal intermediaries and interpreters. Drawing on knowledge from forensic psychology, linguistics and law enforcement worldwide, the text is unique in bridging the gap between these fields in a definitive guide to best practice, with chapters written by teams bringing together expertise and specialities from each field. The section Vulnerable individuals, intermediaries and justice was contributed by Brendan O’Mahoney, Ruth Marchant (both well known to intermediaries of course) and Lorna Fadden. Published by Wiley Blackwell
Professor Penny Cooper and Laura Oxburgh RI are currently conducting a short Ground Rules Hearing survey to gain an understanding of the experiences and perceptions of intermediaries and advocates in the criminal justice system in England and Wales. We would be very grateful if all intermediaries could complete this short survey. The link to complete the survey is here, and the closing date is 22nd January 2016.
Booking is now open for the IfJ 2016 Spring Conference ‘Developments in Partnership Working in the Justice System’, which will be held in The Ashley Centre at the Stoke-on-Trent Campus of Staffordshire University on 12th March 2016. Registration from 9am for a 10am start. For full details download a flyer here. To book to attend click here.
Registered Intermediary and artist Ann King reflects on her recent exhibition in Totnes of paintings inspired by her work in the criminal justice system. Read
Venue: Birdwood House Gallery Totnes Devon Dates: 17th-24th October 2015 Ann King, also a well established artist, has produced a series of paintings inspired by her work as a Registered Intermediary. Some of us will be there on 20th – we very much hope you can join us! Return to top
In this comprehensive and absorbing book, authors Joyce Plotnikoff and Richard Woolfson present a rigorous and original overview of the role of the intermediary scheme in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The authors provide the reader with insight into its origins as well as an up-to-date analysis of the system today, its future prospects and needs. Published by Policy Press at £24.99 There is a review by Emily Phibbs RI in the Members Area of the site
In this comprehensive and absorbing book, authors Joyce Plotnikoff and Richard Woolfson present a rigorous and original overview of the role of the intermediary scheme in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The authors provide the reader with insight into its origins as well as an up-to-date analysis of the system today, its future prospects and needs. Published by Policy Press at £24.99 Review of Intermediaries in the Criminal Justice System by Emily Phibbs RI
IfJ are holding a professional development seminar on 12th October 2015 at Wyboston Lakes Training Centre entitled “The debilitating nature of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – an insight into the effects of trauma on communication” presented by Zoe Lodrick, an experienced trainer with expertise in sexualised trauma, domestic abuse, victim behaviour, sex offending and the interviewing of victims of sexual crimes. Download a flyer here, and register to attend here.
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 hopes to create a more level playing field. Find an intermediary for a vulnerable suspect or defendant
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 particular for taking on the lion’s share of the organisation; our presenters who so generously gave their time and energy to create such an interesting and stimulating day; and last but not least to our patron Lady Henrietta St George for enabling us to offer free places to IfJ members, and to non-members at a very modest £25 – one attendee was so impressed he […]