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The Role of Registered Intermediaries in the English Legal System

Personal experience
  • Janet Larcher

Legislation in 1999 permitted the appointment of Intermediaries in the English Justice System for children under 17 and for adults whose quality of evidence is likely to be affected by a mental disorder or impairment of intelligence and social functioning or who have a physical disorder or disability.

The author was in the first group of Intermediaries to be trained. This paper is based on her experiences and draws on information from the report commissioned on the first two years of using intermediaries in six pilot areas. It will present  the current national situation.

Level of Session 
Age Group 
All Ages