Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Achieving Best Evidence in Criminal Proceedings

Preston Combined Court Centre
A new version of "Achieving Best Evidence in Criminal Proceedings" has been issued by the Ministry of Justice.  This guidance is very important in relation to interviewing certain victims and witnesses and it contains guidance on using "special measures."  See the Ministry of Justice website.

As the Foreword to the document states - "In the last 20 years, great strides have been made in the way vulnerable and intimidated witnesses are supported before and during the trial to help them give their best evidence in what can be a traumatic and intimidating experience. The measures available in court include video-recorded statements, witness intermediaries and evidence via live link. However, every witness is different and so a more flexible tailored approach to the provision of support is required, that takes account of the witness’ needs and views."

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