Tom Stafford explains the social and unconscious biases which affect Judges just as they affect all human beings.
Emma Bell explains how the Judicial College's "Judge as Communicator" course helps with techniques to engage and communicate with parties.
How the Judicial Appointments Commission promotes diversity.
Describes the work of a group of Judges set up to address how LiPs be supported to have access to justice.
Review the duty of all tribunals to make reasonable adjustments to facilitate the effective participation of disabled persons in proceedings
The issue of judicial intervention in light of the increasing number of cases where parties are unrepresented
An update on the difficult challenge of finding the right balance between enabling participation by a litigant in person and stepping into the arena. The answer may differ between Tribunals and according to the requirements ...
Considers the difficulties faced by a tribunal when dealing with a representative who appears insolent or incompetent. Can the tribunal itself defuse and manage the situation (for example when accused of racism by a representative)?
The need to adapt questioning styles when questioning vulnerable people, including children and adults with communication needs. Potential for the use of intermediaries (communication specialists who are mostly speech and language therapists). Introduces a website ...
In the light of recent case law, reviews what level of assistance or intervention is appropriate, to help litigants in the formulation and presentation of their case. Three cases concern quite different circumstances but, in ...