NSPCC Research Seminar on Young Witnesses’ Experiences of the Criminal Justice System 16th April 2018

IfJ committee members represented the voice of the intermediary at a research seminar last week. The seminar was aimed at discussing some of the issues which the NSPCC are currently looking at in relation to young witnesses in the criminal courts.    You will be have seen and hopefully completed Joyce Plotnikoff and Richard Woolfson’s survey about young witnesses which forms part of the research project they are carrying out for the NSPCC. The aim is to revisit the ‘Measuring Up’ paper which was originally published in 2009 and to see how things have changed for children in the criminal courts.Measuring Up Revisited.   This involves a review of policies as well as obtaining views across the CJS: the judiciary, lawyers, […]

IfJ Letter of Concern to MoJ

IfJ’s Chair, Catherine O’Neil has written this Letter of Concern to MoJ on behalf of the IfJ Committee and members, regarding the ‘in house’ training for the current, already interviewed and accepted candidates. Click here to read the letter.

Working with defendants

Docks – guilty already? In crown courts and many magistrates’ courts, defendants are expected to sit in a locked and mostly glassed dock throughout the various hearings and trial. Aside from security dock officers and interpreters, Intermediaries are the only court professionals who spend any length of time in a court dock. This side of the work of an Intermediary with defendants can be intimidating; sitting behind a glass screen, beside a person who may well be convicted of serious crimes, with the door locked and the hard seats firmly screwed to the floor. These glass docks were introduced as recently as 2000 and there is no statutory requirement or judicial authority for their use in our courts. Defendants are […]