legal proceedings

If you are unhappy with a service - what can you do? : a guide for parents and carers (Finding out about)

Booklet offering information and advice on what action to take or how to complain in the event of poor or unsatisfactory service from an agency or organisation.

Child witness support

Consultation document that contains individual sections on a system of integrated support for child witnesses, guidance on investigative interviewing, the provision of pre-court therapy, the conduct of court familiarisation visits, the questioning of children in court, and a format for communicating information about child witnesses throughout the legal process.

The Children's Hearings System in Scotland : Act and Rules

This document sets out the rules applying to the Children's Hearings System by law. Extracts from the Children (Scotland) Act 1995; Children’s Hearings (Scotland) Rules 1996; and the Children’s Hearings (Legal Representation) (Scotland) Rules 2002.

Teaching guide to the Social Work and Law e-learning resources

This guide outlines the teaching and learning aims of the Social Care Institute for Excellence's interactive e-learning resources on law. These resources are freely available to all teaching staff and students of the Social Work degree and are designed to engage groups and individuals through simulations, quizzes, games and video and audio, which help bring the topics alive. Moreover, they are supported by evidence based research bringing out key issues and provide full referencing of the legislation.

Courtroom scenario

'Courtroom scenario' is suitable for a module or learning opportunity on working in courts. These materials will enable users to: perform confidently in relation to court processes and systems; appreciate good practice when giving evidence; develop understanding of, and skills in responding to cross-examination; and identify involvement in the court room as a positive element of practice.

The Body of Law

This learning object is suitable especially for an opening module, enabling discussion of the legal system. The Body of Law will make students aware of: how law is made; how social issues may be reflected in the legal rules; how the legal rules reflect the society of which they are a part; the relationship between national and international jurisdictions; the role of the judiciary and of case law; the separation of powers.

Provision of therapy for child witnesses prior to a criminal trial: practice guidance

The Crown Prosecution Service, the Department of Health and the Home Office have worked together to produce this guidance. The guidance is issued as part of the Action For Justice programme by which the Home Office is coordinating the implementation of the various measures for witnesses recommended in Speaking Up For Justice.

Vital voices: helping vulnerable witnesses give evidence

This statement sets out the Scottish Executive’s policy for changes to the law of evidence and related aspects of court procedure, directed at providing specific help to vulnerable witnesses. It examines how the existing supports available to vulnerable witnesses could be improved.

Children: innocent until proven guilty: a report on the overuse of remand for children in England and Wales and how it can be addressed

In the last seven years the number of children locked up on remand has increased by 41%. The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child says that imprisonment should only be used as a measure of last resort. This report on the overuse of remand for children is based on information gathered from a number of sources: interviews with senior practitioners and sentencers; a literature review of research and statistics; a survey of bail and remand officers; a national seminar. It discusses why the problem has arisen and presents a series of twelve policy and practice solutions.

Courtroom skills

'Courtroom skills' is suitable for a module or learning opportunity on working in courts. The object aims to: identify messages for effective courtroom practice; develop your understanding of the different roles in courtroom settings; help you manage your authority and role more effectively; develop your skills in negotiating out of court and in giving evidence; develop your knowledge, skills and confidence about cross examination.