Guidelines propose intermediaries register

The Home Office is proposing to set up a national register of
intermediaries for vulnerable witnesses, according to draft
guidance published this month.

The register will list trained experts in communication
difficulties who will help children and adults who are vulnerable
witnesses give evidence.

Intermediaries will work in situations where communication is
affected by learning difficulties or physical disabilities.

Under the proposals, intermediaries would be appointed for three
years, subject to annual review, and would be paid a daily fee plus
travel expenses. They would have to work to agreed codes of
practice and ethics.

Guidance from
Responses to consultation due by the end of June.

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