View Point IfJ Chair’s Thoughts Following the publication of the Victims Commissioner Review, ‘Voice of the Voiceless’ (https://victimscommissioner.org.uk/a-voice-for-the-voiceless/), Intermediaries for Justice would like to thank all intermediaries for their involvement in this research. The extraordinary response rate to the survey (92%) and participation at regional meetings have enabled the Victims Commissioner, Baroness Newlove, to paint a comprehensive picture of the scheme, its unique role in facilitating communication with children and vulnerable adults in the justice system, and to identify key factors impeding its effective operation. Baroness Newlove’s Review highlights the passion and commitment of the intermediary community, the central importance of the role, and its contribution in assisting equal access to justice. It describes the current under-resourcing and subsequent unmatched […]
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Power and Vulnerability – Lynda Gibbs Supporting Male Survivors of Rape and Sexual Abuse – Alan Robertson and Dr Andy Williams Reaching Out to Male Survivors of Rape – Clinic 26 Respond – Richard Curen The Lucy Faithful Foundation – Tom Squire Do Intermediaries help children give better evidence? – Lucy Henry Working with young perpetrators – Julian Dunn Section 28 breakout session – Joyce Plotnikoff and Rosemary Wyatt S 28 Checklist for registered intermediaries – Joyce Plotnikoff Child House Model – Emma Harewood
3rd IfJ Conference Overview, Feedback & Powerpoint Links
AGM minutes 2016
This conference focuses on the distinct and very real problems of representing clients who are vulnerable. The Inns of Court College of Advocacy (formerly the ATC) is delighted to announce that this, our first annual conference, will take place on 29th October 2016 at Middle Temple. For further details on available workshop sessions and to book a place please see below. Vulnerability and Power Conference Flyer
Section 28 (s.28) of the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999 (YJCEA) allows vulnerable and intimidated witnesses to video record their cross-examination before the trial. This report presents findings from a process figure evaluation of a pilot of recorded pre-trial cross-examination (s.28). This includes analysis of monitoring data collected during the pilot, interviews with practitioners involved and interviews with witnesses. Click link to view full PDF pilot report process-evaluation-of-pre-recorded-cross-examination_pilot-section-28 (1)
This publication, edited by Penny Cooper and Linda Hunting, arising out of The Advocate’s Gateway inaugural conference in June 2015, represents not only the current state of knowledge from experts in the field, but more importantly evidence of a seismic shift in the justice system. The Rt Hon Lady Justice Hallett has given the book an enthusiastic endorsement: “The authors of the chapters in this textbook are leaders in their fields. Their experience and research should help equip legal practitioners, researchers and policy makers alike with the most up to date information about the treatment of vulnerable witnesses and parties in legal proceedings. The challenge for all of us is to ensure that vulnerable people are treated appropriately and helped […]
Jo Parton and Nicola Lewis from the IfJ media team discussed the role of Intermediaries with Woman’s Hour presenter Jane Garvie on Monday 23rd May 2016. They told listeners: What vulnerability meant and how to access an intermediary to assist communication between the Police, Courts and vulnerable witnesses. That it is crucial that vulnerable people can have equal access to the Justice System They often can give evidence but the court language and process have to be adapted to meet their needs
The intermediary role has received remarkably little attention outside legal circles. Even media reports of high-profile cases where an intermediary has played a crucial role will often fail to use the “I” word, perhaps referring instead to a communication specialist. The Intermediary Role sets provides a user-friendly explanation of what it is that intermediaries do, and why the role is so important.