…family practitioners will benefit from understanding how the police operate to investigate and gather evidence –particularly in the context of interviewing children, who make up a very obvious category of vulnerable witness…It's a compact text that appears to do an efficient job of distilling a lot of information into digestible paragraphs and setting out the distinctions between the criminal and family spheres in a useful exercise in comparing and contrasting… so anything that can help to bridge that gap of understanding is welcome… This handbook will be of great assistance to those starting out who need an accessible introduction to this field as well as the more elderly practitioners for whom the legal landscape has changed considerably in the last ten years.
I am delighted to be able to report that the book fully justifies its title and will earn a well-thumbed place on the bookshelves, not only of children's lawyers, but also of children's guardians and intermediaries who need to understand how the court can, or cannot, assist the vulnerable to give evidence… Whilst the hoped-for 'rescue craft', in the form of the Domestic Abuse Bill, has foundered, this book does amount to a life raft for practitioners with some charts and GPS.
Seen and Heard
comprehensively examines aspects from pre-proceedings and investigations to jury directions and summing up… written in a succinct and readable manner… absolutely up to date with useful references to current case law and legislative changes
This book is available on Bloomsbury Collections where your library has access.