The Commission has been supportive of an intermediary scheme, reflected in the Disability Access Bench Book launched by the Commission and the Judicial College of Victoria last year.
The Victorian Government’s announcement will help to address the barriers identified in the Commission’s Beyond doubt: the experiences of people with disabilities reporting crime report.
The Commission congratulates the Victorian Government for listening to the advice and recommendations from the community and the Victorian Law Reform Commission.
Intermediaries are skilled communication specialists who work with victims of crime to help them give evidence to police and in court.
Intermediaries provide advice for victims and act as go-betweens for the court and victims by monitoring whether questions are developmentally appropriate for victims and whether victims are becoming fatigued. They may prevent certain questions being put to a witness or suggest to the court that a question be re-phased.
Importantly, intermediaries can reduce the trauma experienced by victims.
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