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Intermediaries in the Criminal Justice System: Improving Communication for Vulnerable Witnesses and Defendants

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ISBN13: 9781447326069
Published: June 2015
Publisher: The Policy Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £24.99



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This is the first book about the intermediary scheme, criminal justice's untold 'good news story'. Intermediaries are independent communication specialists who assist children and vulnerable adults at police interview and trial, helping improve the quality of their evidence and providing access to justice to some previously excluded. Intermediaries describe their work, richly illustrated with case examples. Feedback is included from justice system personnel and over 70 judges. This unique book provides a comprehensive explanation of how intermediaries work in practice and gives 'behind the scenes' insights into the criminal process. It will be of interest to practitioners and the wider public in England and Wales and encourage consideration of the scheme elsewhere.

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Subjects:
Criminal Law
Contents:
Introduction: a fresh pair of eyes
The intermediary scheme in England and Wales
Behind the scenes: planning to assess the witness
Assessment methods and involvement of the interviewer
Communication aids and stress reduction strategies
Contributing to the effectiveness of the police interview
Negotiating professional space at the ground rules hearing
Making the ground rules hearing effective
'Every reasonable step': preparation for giving evidence
Cross-examination: research, case law, training and regulation
Cross-examination: intervention at trial
Cross-examination: challenges at the cutting edge
The uneasy position of vulnerable defendants
A new profession
Conclusion.