Intermediaries in the Criminal Justice System

Improving Communication for Vulnerable Witnesses and Defendants

Joyce Plotnikoff and Richard Woolfson

Intermediaries in the Criminal Justice System

Joyce Plotnikoff and Richard Woolfson

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

256 pages | 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 | © 2015
Paper $43.95 ISBN: 9781447326069 Published September 2015 For sale in North and South America only
Intermediaries are independent communication specialists who assist children and vulnerable adults who are involved with the criminal justice system—for example, during police interviews or at trial. This is the first book to look in depth at the role of intermediaries and the remarkable success that their increasing involvement with the justice system represents. Built on case studies and interviews, the book offers a comprehensive explanation of the work of intermediaries and their place in the larger criminal justice system.
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
Review Quotes
David Ormerod QC, Queen Mary, University of London
“A comprehensive and illuminating account of the intermediary’s role founded on the authors’ vast experience and substantial research. . . . Packed with accessible illustrations and practical guidance.”
Kirsten Hanna, Auckland University of Technology, New Zealand
“A vivid picture of the creativity and professionalism of intermediaries, providing an important record of what has happened, what is happening, and what needs to happen. Compelling reading!”
Judge Peter Rook QC, Old Bailey
“A truly outstanding book which sheds light on the momentum that intermediaries give to reforms designed to achieve effective communication in court and draws together all the seismic developments over the last twenty years.”
Ian Kelcey, UK solicitor
“Having read this book it is clear it should form an essential part of every criminal practitioner’s reading. It provides a clear and concise account of how to recognize the vulnerable and how they should be supported by intermediaries through the criminal justice system.”
David Wurtzel, consultant
“An essential guide to the most innovative special measure and a road map on how the criminal justice system can and should adapt to the needs of vulnerable witnesses and defendants.”
Liz Hall, Police Training Coordinator, UK
“This book made me laugh out loud, wince, and take sharp intakes of breath—sometimes at the same moment. It shows that the police service has travelled a long way but still has a lot to learn.”
Counsel Magazine (UK)
“For practitioners, judges, and the public, it is an important book to read.”
International Journal of Positive Behavioural Support
Intermediaries in the Criminal Justice System is written in an easily accessible style, split into logical chapters, and thoroughly referenced. There is a subject index and a table of cases, with lists of legislation, rules, and practice directions that will be useful to the legal professional. . . . This book is a superb value for the money, and provides not just a background reference but a source of practical advice alongside legal information. I highly recommend it.”
RCSLT Bulletin (UK)
"Essential reading if you are considering the role or are a criminal justice professional."
Archbold Review
“This book is warmly recommended: whether for a lawyer, or a general reader.”
Criminal Law Journal
“This book is a must-have for practitioners interested in using intermediaries, including police evidential interviewers. It is also essential reading for academics interested in criminal trial reform.”
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