Submission to TLRI: An intermediary/Communication Assistant Scheme for Tasmania

This submission proposes that a new inquisitorial approach be adopted whereby evidence is collected early, (within a few days of the incident) and pre-recorded with participation from a suite of communication and legal experts as occurs in Norway. This will in turn lead to more reliable evidence and the best evidence being placed before decision makers at all levels of the justice system and has the capacity to lead a cultural change within the justice system that respects the human rights of those experiencing communication difficulties placing their capacities at the centre of decision making. Such an approach will ensure all voices are heard throughout the justice interaction.

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