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IfJ Conference and AGM: Intermediaries and the Law
IfJ training: Seminar and Conferences
7th June, 9am-5pm
Course facilitator(s): Professor Lucy Henry, Denise McGillis, Jai Patel and Lynda Gibb
Course requirements: IfJ Member (any type)
This conference explores the legal framework within which we are operating, the role of the CPS and Defence, the rights-based laws which apply in all areas, and the specific principles and practices which apply in the courts.
Our aim is to promote a better working knowledge and understanding of the whole system within which intermediaries are a cog and play a vital role.
Discussion regarding the Criminal Practice Directions and Rules, and the Equal Treatment Bench Book will be included.
We will also share information about the general legal framework in England and Wales and we will explain some key legal terminology so that you can better understand what is being discussed in court.
- Gain a refresher overview of the court system, language and concepts, relevant CPR/CPD, ETBB and significant cases.
- Understand how we can run experimental studies to explore whether providing Registered Intermediary assistance improves the quality of witness evidence.
- Learn about the findings from one such research study carried out with 200 primary aged children
09:30-10:30 AGM and election of officers
10:45-11:45 Workshop 1
‘Registered Intermediaries and typically-developing primary school-age children: A research project looking at interviews, identification line-ups and cross-examinations’ (Professor Lucy Henry)
This workshop will consider a large research project involving a ‘mock witness study’ with 200 typically-developing primary school-age children. The children witnessed a short event (usually ‘live’ during their school assembly time) about school in the Victorian times. During this event, a minor crime occurred. Approximately a week later, children took part in ABE investigative interviews and identification line-ups. Approximately a year later, children took part in cross-examinations. Throughout the project, a number of these children were assisted by a Registered Intermediary. The workshop will consider how this study was run and report the findings, which were very positive about the role of Registered Intermediaries in improving the quality and quantity of children’s evidence.
12:00-13:00 Workshop 2
'Quiet please, Court in session.' (Denise McGillis, Area Manager for the Witness Service)
Who are the Witness Service? The support we provide and how we can work in partnership.
14:00-15:00 Workshop 3
'Advancing Equal Access to Justice: How Intermediaries and Advocates can work together successfully' (Jai Patel, Barrister)
This workshop will provide an advocate's perspective about working with intermediaries for vulnerable people and the critical role they have in the trial process. Practical tips and advice will be provided about what advocates find helpful and what intermediaries should expect from the advocate.
15:15-16:15 Workshop 4
National ‘Advocacy and the Vulnerable’ Training for Advocates (Lynda Gibbs QC (Hon))
- The ICCA’s role in training advocates adapt their questioning of vulnerable people and children.
- The updated 20 Principles of Questioning – 3rd version February 2022.
- Working collaboratively and effectively at the GRH to smooth the path for trial.
16:15-16:30 Close and Q&A