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Vulnerable Parties/Witnesses Working Group

Objectives

In May 2018 a working party was set up to better understand the extent of the problems that vulnerable parties/witnesses face in the civil courts and possible solutions.

Members

Chair; HHJ Barry Cotter QC
Amrita Dhaliwal – MOJ
District Judge Byass
District Judge Judy Gibson – CJC Member
District Judge Watkins
District Judge Middleton
His Honour Judge Lethem
His Honour Judge Picton
Mr Justice Pepperall
Andrew Higgins – CJC Member

Terms of Reference

To produce an initial draft paper for circulation to a range of relevant individuals/ bodies and a subsequent report for the CJC.
An initial report produced about vulnerable parties/witnesses involved in civil claims and opened to responses during public consultation.
Working group to consider consultation responses and seek to prepare a final report and recommendations by February 2020.

Final report

News story: Civil Justice Council proposes better assistance for vulnerable witnesses
Report: Vulnerable Witnesses and Parties Report