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Intermediary recruitment campaign begins

17 December 2007

Could you help vulnerable witnesses deal with the court system?

The Office of Criminal Justice Reform is in the midst of a campaign to recruit registered intermediaries. It follows a pilot programme that ran successfully in 2007 and will now be rolled out nationwide. 

Registered intermediaries are a crucial part of the criminal court system, helping vulnerable witnesses - including children and adults with mental and physical disabilities - give complete, accurate and coherent evidence in court.

Intermediaries will be selected for their specialist skills and experience as speech and language therapists, psychologists, teachers, health professionals or social workers. Working within the court system, their skills will be used to help make the justice system more accessible to the most vulnerable people in society.

More than 1000 people have already been helped by intermediaries but more help is needed, so the number of registered intermediaries must grow in 2008 to meet the need.

More information

The recruitment campaign runs until 29 January 2008.  If you're interested or know somebody who would be perfect for this job, learn more on the criminal justice system website (new window).

You can also download application forms (new window) and a useful information pack (new window).

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