Chairman of the Bar, Chantal-Aimée Doerries QC, announced new pro bono training for advocates who work with vulnerable witnesses. She said: “Using specific techniques for cross-examination helps vulnerable witnesses to feel more secure and means that they are more likely to give their best and most accurate evidence. That is in the interests of the witnesses themselves and the interests of justice”.
Citizens Advice Witness Service
The last year has been a significant one for the Witness Service. The whole service became part of Citizens Advice in April 2015 and since then they have been working hard to make changes to better meet the needs of witnesses across England and Wales.