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​Vulnerable witnesses and defendants - advocates' toolkits

The Advocate’s Gateway website gives free access to practical, evidence-based guidance on vulnerable witnesses and defendants. The Advocate's Gateway is an initiative of the Advocacy Training Council in the United kingdom.

A number of toolkits have been developed to provide advocates with general good practice guidance when preparing for trial in cases involving a witness or a defendant with communication needs. Topics covered in the toolkits include:

  • Case management in young and other vulnerable witnesses cases
  • Planning to question someone with a learning disability
  • Effective participation of young defendants
  • Using communication aids in the criminal justice system
  • General principles when questioning witnesses and defendants with mental disorder

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