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Law and Policing for Intermediaries CPD

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Course overview

This CPD course is an introduction to the legal framework within which we are operating, the role of the CPS and the Police, the rights-based laws which apply in all areas, and the specific legal principles which apply in the criminal and family courts.

We will share with you what each court looks like and who you will find in different courts and we will explain some key legal terminology so that you can better understand what is being discussed in court.

We will then look at how to apply this information to the work we do, supporting communication.

Our aim is to promote a better working knowledge and understand of the whole system within which intermediaries are a cog and play a vital role.

Discussion regarding Practice Directions and Rules and the Equal Treatment Bench Book will be included

Participants will:

  • Understand the fundamentals of the law and how it is applied (legislation and common law explained)
  • Understand rights law which applies to everyone (including the vulnerable with whom we work)
  • Have the technical language we hear in court explained (Indictment, burden of proof etc.) and be given information about who we will encounter in each court
  • Learn about the role of the CPS, who they are and what they do
  • Learn some basics about the law that the police have to work to, PACE for example
  • Understand the current climate in the criminal and family courts which may affect the court’s approach to our appointment

The course will be run in the form of a small group workshop with high levels of participation and sharing of knowledge and ideas. Prepared slides/handouts guide the process rather than impart information. The training will involve different ways of presenting information in order to consider people’s different learning preferences and styles.

The City Law School and the School of Health Sciences will deliver this CPD course in conjunction with Intermediaries for Justice (IfJ). This course is for IfJ members only and will be delivered by 'Robin St. John Sellers' and 'Dr Kevin Smith'.

For further information on IfJ and how to become a member please visit IfJ's website.