ERIC Number: EJ894716
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
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The Emerging Role of the Registered Intermediary with the Vulnerable Witness and Offender: Facilitating Communication with the Police and Members of the Judiciary
O'Mahony, Brendan M.
British Journal of Learning Disabilities, v38 n3 p232-237 Sep 2010
Being interviewed by the police as a witness or as a suspect can be a frightening experience for many people; these feelings can be multiplied for many people who have a learning disability and who do not understand the legal proceedings. Intermediaries were introduced by the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999 as one of the special measures available to help facilitate communication between the police, the courts and the vulnerable witness. Research has shown that this measure has been valuable in assisting the vulnerable witness to testify. This study was an exploratory examination of the recent use of intermediaries with defendants. The defendant does not by law have the right to an intermediary; however the Coroner's and Justice Bill (2008-09), is attempting to amend this situation. Meanwhile judges are starting to request an intermediary for vulnerable defendants, in the interests of justice. Using a mixed methods approach this study found that intermediaries were very positive about the need for vulnerable defendants to have support. The intermediaries also highlighted that they required additional training and they raised concerns about how their role was viewed by the courts when they were assisting defendants.
Descriptors: Police, Courts, Judges, Developmental Disabilities, Coordinators, Role, Training, Communication (Thought Transfer), Court Litigation, Foreign Countries
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom