Intermediary issues

Book full size   Our book Intermediaries in the criminal justice system published by Policy Press can be ordered here

S 28 YJCEA 1999: Checklist for registered intermediaries available here

Archbold Review articles:

Dispensing with the “safety net”: is the intermediary
really needed during cross-examination? (July 2017), available here

Worth waiting for: the benefits of Section 28 pre-trial cross-examination (September 2016), available here 

Examples of flexibility in respect of vulnerable witnesses and defendants (July 2017) is available here. Described by the Judicial College course director as an important feature of the course material‘ 

An article (March 2017) explaining the intermediary scheme to social workers is available here  


INTERMEDIARIES are specialists who can be appointed by the court to assist communication with a vulnerable witness. In criminal proceedings, they can assist at police interview, trial or both. Intermediaries are officers of the court and do not act on behalf of the party calling the witness. A REGISTERED Intermediary has been trained and accredited by the Ministry of Justice. Lexicon has been involved with the intermediary scheme since its inception and evaluated the introduction of intermediaries to six pathfinder areas. See the evaluation report here.go-between

Lexicon analysed messages for the CJS from the Witness Intermediary Scheme SmartSite. interm1See the report here.





A presentation by Lexicon on the work of intermediaries given in March 2017 at the Law Society in Toronto at a seminar organised by Communication Disabilities Access Canada can be viewed here