Report of Vulnerable Witnesses and Children working Group
In February 2015 the Judiciary of England and Wales produced a report of Vulnerable Witnesses and Children working Group. The Outcome of that report (although a further report is due in July 15) is summarised below;
1. That the term vulnerable witnesses should be extended to include intimidated witnesses as it does in the criminal court.
2. That there is a lack of support and assistance in Family proceedings for vulnerable witnesses children and young people.
3. There shall be new rules relating to communications between Judges and children.
4. There should be open days at the Court to allow public access and to allow people to see how the Courts work.
5. There shall be provision made for Children to give evidence even at young ages where appropriate. Strict guidelines will be put in place and all judges will undergo training.
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Catherine Turner of Watkins Solicitors Incorporating Brain Sinnott & Co feels that this is a big step in the right direction. We await the further report with the proposed changes to see what suggestions are implemented. If you feel that you are a vulnerable witness or that your child should give evidence it is best to seek specialist legal Advice.