IfJ's Views

Here you will find documents produced by IfJ in response to intermediary developments and current issues in the criminal justice system. 

These documents represent the views of IfJ's trustees and members. 

Evidence only?

IfJ is receiving more requests for intermediaries to assist during a defendant’s ‘evidence only’, rather than for pre-trial processes (such as taking instructions) and the duration of the trial. IfJ has gathered the views of its members about the correct approach in this situation.

Paper presented to the Criminal Practice Rules Committee (CPRC)

This was a paper presented to the Criminal Practice Rules Committee (CPRC) discussing the view of intermediaries and evidence only.

The Criminal Justice System (CJS) and legal guidance for mental health issues.

The Crown Prosecution Service sought IfJ's views on how the criminal justice system deals with those suffering from mental health issues – focussing on revised guidance which is designed to assist decision making throughout the life of a criminal case, from the initial decision to prosecute, through fitness to plead to sentencing.
These are IfJ's comments on the draft Legal Guidance for mental health conditions and disorders.