Registered Intermediary Skills for Court

City Law School and IfJ joint CPD Courses

Event details


26 Jan 2022


26th January 2022, 9.30am - 4pm


Zoom Online
United Kingdom

Event Fees

1 day course £ 130.00

Booking info

Max participants: 20

Course facilitator(s): Dr Laura Farrugia, Catherine Chamberlain, Susan Stewart with guest speakers Debbie Barry and Clare Laing (Team Leaders for Citizens Advice Witness Service.

Course facilitator(s) bio: Dr Laura Farrugia is a Chartered Psychologist, and a Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader for the BSc (Hons) Forensic Psychology at the University of Sunderland. She qualified as a RI in 2014 and assists adult witnesses with Learning Disabilities, Autism, and complex mental health needs. Susan Stewart started working as an RI in 2016. She assists witnesses aged 9 years and above to adults, and created the Durham PCVC resources for witnesses. Susan is a speech and language therapist who has specialised in working with young people with complex communication needs. Catherine Chamberlain is a paediatric speech and language therapist with over 35 years’ experience. She qualified as an RI in 2014 and works with children of all ages. Debbie Barry is a Team Leader (Court), Citizens Advice Witness Service. Clare Laing is a Team Leader (Outreach), Citizens Advice Witness Service.

Course requirements: IfJ Full Members. Participant to each submit an anonymised court report prior to the course to be shared with all attendees without the authors being named.

Who is this course for: Ideally to have done 1 court case but open also to those who are awaiting their 1st court case and wish to increase knowledge/skills.

Discussion and support for the skills needed for RI Court report writing, GRHs, working effectively with the Witness Service and reviewing XX questions.

Course dates and times:

26th Jan 2022,  9.30am - 4pm
Registration - 9.15am

Course aims / objectives:

1. To explore the range of information required in RI court reports.

2. Each intermediary attending to identify learning points from a colleague’s report to apply to their future reports.

3. To consider how the MoJ’s recommended framework for court reports can be adapted for a particular witness’ vulnerabilities.

4. To discuss useful references to include in RI court reports to support recommendations for vulnerable witnesses.

5. To share experiences of GRHs and difficulties that may have arisen-and identify best practice

6. To learn about any documents relating to GRHs.

7. To consider what can make XX questions problematic for vulnerable witnesses and how to justify changes needed

8. To be aware of different formats for giving feedback to counsel about XX questions

9. To review a sample of XX questions as a group and share RI responses for changes needed

10. To consider how to get the most out of pre court and link familiarisation visits

11. To understand the role of the witness service 

12. To consider the importance of collaborative working between RIs and the Witness Service, so we achieve the best for vulnerable witnesses.

Course method:

The workshop is run in the form of a small group training of up to 20 intermediaries. The speakers will present information and will invite high levels of participation and sharing of knowledge and ideas.  Prepared slides / handouts guide the process rather than impart information.

The following materials will be provided:

  • Pre course questionnaire
  • Timetable
  • Power point presentations
  • Guidance for further reading-Bibliography
  • A 'Top Tips' collated after the course will be distributed to attendees

- Participants to log on 15 minutes prior to start of each session.

- It is required that all participants keep their cameras on throughout the workshop.

- Participants to complete online feedback form post workshop.

Cancellation Policy

If you wish to cancel your booking 30 or more days before the start date, you have the option of receiving a full refund minus an admin charge of £15. If you wish to cancel with less than 14 days notice, you have the option of receiving a credit note for another course minus an admin charge of £15. If you are unable to attend the CPD course you may substitute another delegate by giving IfJ 24 hours’ notice - please email In exceptional circumstances IfJ reserve the right the issue a full refund. Please inform IfJ at the time of cancellation of your particular reason for cancelling. If you wish to cancel your booking please do so by emailing: We will endeavour to respond to all cancellation requests within 2 working days. Refunds will be made using the same method of payment as you used for the purchase and will be paid within 7 days of you informing us of the cancellation. Places are limited to a maximum of 20 participants. There is a minimum number of participants required to make the course viable. If the minimum number is not met, the course will be cancelled with a week’s notice and participants informed.