The resource centre is a continually developing area of the website which will be of interest to professionals in the justice system and members of the public.
Here you will find reports, research information and articles which relate to IfJ's key aim of promoting 'access to justice for all'.
This study was based on contributions from 272 criminal justice personnel, including 48 registered intermediaries.
It was commissioned to examine progress in responding to the needs of young witnesses since the authors’ report ‘Measuring Up?’ in 2009 and a subsequent progress report in 2011.
Chapter 1 contains the study overview and recommendations.
This article highlights key issues from the NSPCC report of relevance to family court practitioners.
This article focuses on the NSPCC report's findings on responses about questioning from criminal justice practitioners.
This research paper identified significant gaps between Government policies and practice as experienced by children. The study was based on interviews with 182 young witnesses. It has now been updated and revisted in the NSPCC's 2019 Report: 'Falling Short: A snapshot of young witness policy and practice'.
This checklist provides information for intermedairies regarding the procedure of a Section 28 special measures. Please note, it was produced by Lexicon Limited and therefore has no official status. It is, of course, still useful for RIs.
This final S28 special measure outlined in the 1999 Act was not piloted until 2014.
This article discusses reasons for the delay and why other reforms taking place in the interim helped smooth the way for s 28.
Criminal Procedure Rule 3.9(3)(b) requires courts to take ‘every reasonable step’ to facilitate participation of witnesses and defendants. Intermediaries have used this rule to recommend adaptations tailored to the needs of children and vulnerable adults.
Some judges now ask, given the overall shortage of registered intermediaries, whether their presence during questioning is always necessary.
In this article, 10 registered intermediaries discuss the benefits of their presence in facilitating communication that may not always be apparent to those in the courtroom.
Based on the experiences of 20 registered intermediaries and case studies from many others, this was the first book to describe the scheme in England and Wales.
Professor David Ormerod QC described it as ‘A comprehensive and illuminating account of the intermediary role … packed with accessible illustrations and practical guidance’.
Co-authored with the registered intermediary at trial, this describes the first court use of “eyegaze” assistive technology, designed for those without speech or controlled physical movements.
Equal Treatment Bench Book, March 2020 revision
The latest version of the Equal treatment Bench Book (for England and Wales) can always be found by doing a Google search online. Currently it is the March 2020 revision of the 2018 edition. There will be a new edition in Spring 2021. It is important to do a fresh search before using the ETBB on any occasion, as there are periodic revisions between editions.
Katie Maras, Coral Dando, Heather Stephenson, Anna Lambrechts, Sophie Anns & Sebastian Gaigg (2020) The Witness-Aimed First Account (WAFA): A new technique for interviewing autistic witnesses and victims. Autism vol. 24(6)
Katie Maras, Sue Mulcahy Laura Crane, Tamsyn Hawken & Amina Memon (in press) Obtaining best evidence from the autistic interviewee: Police-reported challenges, legal requirements and psychological research-based recommendations. Investigative Interviewing: Research and Practice.