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Vulnerable People and the Criminal Justice System: A Guide to Law and Practice

Edited by: Penny Cooper, Heather Norton

ISBN13: 9780198801115
Published: August 2017
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £55.00

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Over the last 25 years there has been a growing recognition that the way in which cases involving the vulnerable are investigated, charged and tried needs to change.

Successive judgments of the Court of Appeal have re-enforced the message that advocates and judges have a duty to ensure vulnerable witnesses and defendants are treated fairly and allowed to participate effectively in the process.

How do practitioners recognise who is or may be vulnerable? How should that person be interviewed? What account should police and the CPS take of a defendant's vulnerabilities? How should advocates adjust their questioning of vulnerable witnesses and defendants whilst still complying with their duties to their client? How should judges manage a trial to ensure the effective participation of vulnerable witnesses and defendants?

Vulnerable People and the Criminal Justice System, written by leading experts in the field, gathers together for the first time answers to these questions and many more. It provides a practical, informative and thought-provoking guide to recognising, assessing and responding to vulnerability in witnesses and defendants at each stage of the criminal process.

Backed by authoritative research and first-hand experience and drawing on recent case law, this book enables practitioners to deal with cases involving vulnerable people with calmness, authority, and confidence.

Criminal Law
1: Introduction, Jessica Jacobson
2: Vulnerable Witnesses: The Investigation Stage, Kevin Smith and Rebecca Milne
3: Witness Support, Jessica Jacobson and Linda Harlow
4: Vulnerable Suspects: The Investigation Stage, Miranda Bevan
5: Unfitness to Plead, Miranda Bevan
6: Vulnerability and Defences, Penny Cooper and Felicity Gerry QC
7: Youth Courts and Young Defendants, Emma Arbuthnot and Naomi Redhouse
8: Disclosure, Tracy Ayling QC and Karen Robinson
9: Case Management, Angela Rafferty QC, Rosina Cottage QC, Joshua Normanton and Simon Taylor
10: Special Measures, Ruth Marchant
11: Intermediaries, David Wurtzel and Ruth Marchant
12: Ground Rules Hearings, Penny Cooper and Laura Farrugia
13: Trial Management, HHJ Heather Norton
14: Jury Directions, HHJ Heather Norton
15: Sentencing, HHJ Heather Norton
16: Looking Ahead, Michelle Mattison, Penny Cooper and HHJ Heather Norton