Intermediaries in the criminal justice system : improving communication for vulnerable witnesses and defendants / Joyce Plotnikoff and Richard Woolfson.
By: Plotnikoff, Joyce.
Contributor(s): Woolfson, Richard.Publisher: Bristol : Policy Press, 2015Description: xiv, 338 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781447326069.Subject(s): WITNESSES | CHILD WITNESSES | VULNERABLE POPULATIONS | CRIMINAL JUSTICE | COMMUNICATION | INTERMEDIARIES
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1. Introduction : a fresh pair of eyes -- 2. The intermediary scheme in England and Wales -- Behind the scenes : planning to assess the witness -- 3. Behind the scenes : planning to assess the witness -- 4. Assessment methods and involvement of the interviewer -- 5. Communication aids and stress reduction strategies -- 6. Contributing to the effectiveness of the police interview -- 7. Negotiating professional space at the ground rules hearing -- 8. Making the ground rules hearing effective -- 9. 'Every reasonable step' : preparation for giving evidence. 10. Cross-examination : research, case law, training and regulation -- 11. Cross-examination : intervention at trial -- 12. Cross-examination : challenges at the cutting edge -- 13. The uneasy position of vulnerable defendants -- 14. A new profession. -- 15. Conclusion.
"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 interviews and trials, helping to improve the quality of their evidence and providing access to justice for those who previously had been excluded. Richly illustrated with case examples through intermediaries’ own descriptions of their work, the book also includes feedback 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." - PUBLISHER'S WEBSITE
I just have to say that this is one of the best books I have come across in years! I’d recommend it to all the Police, social workers, SLTs, parents, everyone! It’s so well written, has heaps of case studies throughout to put it all into practice and makes a lot of sense!
Very exciting to find such an amazing book