2 December 2020
The Department is seeking expressions of interest from appropriately qualified persons for appointment as a Witness Intermediary for the Pilot Intermediary Scheme (the Scheme). Panel members are appointed by the Secretary of Justice after selection and the successful completion of Witness Intermediary training. Intermediaries are appointed on a sessional basis to provide expert advice and information to police, legal practitioners and courts.
A Witness Intermediary is a communication specialist who assists children and vulnerable adults to give their best evidence by identifying a witness’s communication capacities and providing advice on special measures to assist with a witness’s engagement with police and the criminal justice system. The Scheme applies to victims and witnesses of sexual assault and homicide related matters.
The primary aim of the Scheme is to improve access to justice for vulnerable people and reduce the potential for re-traumatisation associated with criminal investigation and proceedings.
The Department of Justice is seeking expressions of interest from:
- Speech pathologists,
- Occupational therapists,
- Social workers, or
- Other people with qualifications or appropriate skills in working with children or people with communication needs.