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Achieving best evidence in criminal proceedings: Guidance on interviewing victims and witnesses, and using special measures

Description

Produced by the Ministry of Justice, the CPS, the Department for Education, the Department of Health and the Welsh Assembly government, this guidance describes good practice in interviewing witnesses, including victims, to enable them to give their best evidence in criminal proceedings.
It considers preparing and planning for interviews with witnesses that will be used in court, decisions about whether or not to conduct an interview, and whether a written statement taken following the interview would be more appropriate than a video recording. It applies to prosecution and defence witnesses and is for everyone involved in relevant investigations, including the police, adults and children’s social care workers, and members of the legal profession. This 2011 revision replaces the 2007 revision of the original document published in January 2002.

Format

Available to download in Adobe Acrobat PDF
Achieving Best Evidence in Criminal Proceedings - PDF

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Provision of therapy for vulnerable or intimidated adult witnesses prior to a criminal trial - Practice guidance

Description

Practice Guidance issued as part of the Home Office Co-ordinated Action for Justice Programme. The Guidance was published on 24 January 2002 and complements similar guidance for child witnesses, which was published on 8 February 2001.

Format

Available online in this section and to download in Adobe Acrobat PDF
Provision of therapy for vulnerable or intimidated adult witnesses prior to a criminal trial - Practice guidance
Provision of therapy for vulnerable or intimidated adult witnesses prior to a criminal trial - Practice guidance - PDF

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Provision of therapy for child witnesses prior to a criminal trial – Practice guidance

Description

The CPS, the Department of Health and the Home Office have worked together to produce this guidance which is issued as part of the Action for Justice Programme. The guidance is primarily for the assistance of child care professionals and lawyers involved in making decisions about the provision of therapeutic help for child witnesses prior to a criminal trial.

Format

Available online in this section and to download in Adobe Acrobat PDF
Provision of therapy for child witnesses prior to a criminal trial – Practice guidance
Provision of therapy for child witnesses prior to a criminal trial – Practice guidance - PDF

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Witnesses and best evidence - About meeting with the Crown Prosecution Service prosecutor

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Gives information to witnesses about meeting with the CPS to discuss what special court measures may help them give their best evidence at court. Also available in other languages.

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Available online in this section
Witnesses and best evidence - About meeting with the Crown Prosecution Service prosecutor

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Your Meeting with The Crown Prosecution Service

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This leaflet tells witnesses about their meeting with The Crown Prosecution Service. This meeting is to talk about the help they need when they are in court and includes: who will be at the meeting; What the meeting is for; and things witnesses should know.

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Available online in this section
Your Meeting with The Crown Prosecution Service

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Pre-trial witness interviews by prosecutors

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This paper considers the desirability of allowing prosecutors direct access to witnesses in order for their reliability and credibility to be assessed and seeks views on the issues likely to arise from direct contact between prosecutor and witness pre-trial.

Format

Available to download in Adobe Acrobat PDF
Pre-trial witness interviews by prosecutors - PDF

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The Prosecutors' Pledge

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Are you a victim of crime? This sets out the support you can expect from prosecutors.

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Available online in this section
The Prosecutors' Pledge

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CPS policy on prosecuting criminal cases involving children and young people as victims and witnesses

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CPS policy on prosecuting criminal cases involving children and young people as victims and witnesses.

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Available online in the Victims and Witnesses section on this website
CPS policy on prosecuting criminal cases involving children and young people as victims and witnesses

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Supporting victims and witnesses with a learning disability

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This document is a 'public policy statement'. It explains how the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) will deal with cases which involve victims and witnesses who have a learning disability.

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Available to download in Adobe Acrobat PDF
Supporting victims and witnesses with a learning disability - English - PDF
Supporting victims and witnesses with a learning disability - Welsh - PDF
Supporting victims and witnesses with a learning disability - Easy Read - PDF

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Supporting victims and witnesses with mental health issues

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This document is a 'public policy statement'. It explains how the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) will deal with cases which involve victims and witnesses who have mental health issues.

Format

Available to download in Adobe Acrobat PDF
Supporting victims and witnesses with mental health issues - English - PDF
Supporting victims and witnesses with mental health issues - Welsh - PDF
Supporting victims and witnesses with mental health issues - Easy Read - PDF

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Shaping Our Lives - Consultation on cases involving people with mental health problems

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A May 2009 consultation report by Shaping our Lives on the CPS Policy on prosecuting criminal cases involving people with mental health problems as victims and witnesses.

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Available online in this section
Shaping Our Lives - Consultation on cases involving people with mental health problems

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Crimes against older people - prosecution policy

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This document explains the way in which we deal with crimes against older people and how we support older people who are victims and witnesses of crime.

Format

Available to download in Adobe Acrobat PDF
Crimes against older people - prosecution policy - English - PDF
Crimes against older people - prosecution policy - Welsh - PDF

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Crimes against older people - prosecution guidance

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This guidance deals with older people as victims and witnesses – not as offenders and should be read in conjunction with the prosecution policy above.

Format

Available to download in Adobe Acrobat PDF
Crimes against older people - prosecution guidance - PDF