Emma Bell explains how the Judicial College's "Judge as Communicator" course helps with techniques to engage and communicate with parties.
Describes the work of a group of Judges set up to address how LiPs be supported to have access to justice.
The issue of judicial intervention in light of the increasing number of cases where parties are unrepresented
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 ...
A detailed classification of styles and categories of intervention which may be made by tribunal chairs and members, based on the work of John Heron. Includes both those which are “helping” interventions and those which ...
How to provide support during a hearing for tribunal users who are disabled with language-based access needs and require some form of language facilitation.
Discusses the stress or discomfort we experience when confronted by new information which conflicts with our existing beliefs, ideas or values. For example, another tribunal member may express a contrary view. Advocates self-awareness, challenging oneself ...
Outlines the statutory framework established by the Mental Capacity Act 2005 (MCA) covering people who lack capacity and what is involved in determining their best interests. Considers the implications for tribunals.
How non-legal members should play a full part in the tribunal hearing, making a distinctive but equal contribution. Managing teamwork in the hearing.