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Extra courtroom experts to be recruited

By Wesleyan

More experts will be recruited to help vulnerable victims and witnesses give evidence in court, the Government has announced.

The Ministry of Justice said it will double the number of registered intermediaries (RIs), meaning an extra 100 experts could be recruited.

Announcing the plans, Justice Secretary Chris Grayling said it was vital that the well-being of victims and witnesses was at the centre of the reforms.

He said that enabling them to give the best evidence possible was important both for their own well-being and the justice system.

RIs provide support to vulnerable people, including children and those with mental health issues, physical disabilities or learning difficulties.

Mr Grayling said these staff are vital in ensuring victims and witnesses are looked after.

He said the Government has now more than doubled the amount of funding provided to specialist victims' support services to over £92 million a year.

Copyright Press Association 2015

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