Vulnerable Witnesses within Family and Criminal Proceedings

By: Frank Feehan QC and Caroline Harris
ISBN: 9781526507235

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About Vulnerable Witnesses within Family and Criminal Proceedings

Are you prepared to protect the vulnerable in court? A guide to the rights of witnesses and the duties of advocates in family and criminal proceedings. Explaining the legal structure currently in place to assist vulnerable individuals, this brand new title covers every stage of proceedings, including the investigation/pre-proceeding, and postproceedings, whilst also looking at anonymity and protective orders. In addition, it discusses the sanctions available to the court if... Read more

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About Vulnerable Witnesses within Family and Criminal Proceedings

Are you prepared to protect the vulnerable in court? A guide to the rights of witnesses and the duties of advocates in family and criminal proceedings.

Explaining the legal structure currently in place to assist vulnerable individuals, this brand new title covers every stage of proceedings, including the investigation/pre-proceeding, and postproceedings, whilst also looking at anonymity and protective orders. In addition, it discusses the sanctions available to the court if proper consideration and sufficient protection has not been given to vulnerable people at each stage. Covering legislation, regulation and authorities which govern these situations, it offers best practice regarding the examination of those who have difficulty understanding their case, by reason of age, circumstance or emotional and psychological difficulties.

Practical help is provided through:
Step-by-step guidance at each stage
Helpful suggestions as to how to approach the hearing at each stage of proceedings
Links to the useful guidance regularly referred to within proceedings including the Advocates Gateway

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Duties of advocates re code of conduct
Chapter 3: Pre-proceedings/investigation stage
Chapter 4: Commencement of proceedings – the initial stages
Chapter 5: Intermediaries and Ground rules hearing
Chapter 6: Other pre-giving evidence consideration for vulnerable witnesses
Chapter 7: The Official Solicitor
Chapter 8: Trial/fact finding hearings
Chapter 9: Post criminal trial or fact finding/final hearing
Chapter 10: Post-proceedings
Chapter 11: Potential future developments
Appendix: Precedents and forms

Publishing Details

Publication Date: 23 May 2019
ISBN: 9781526507235
Binding: Paperback

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