New Video - How to conduct a Ground Rules Hearing

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A Ground Rules Hearing in Action

The College has released a best practice video on conducting a Ground Rules Hearing.

Ground Rules Hearings are a recent innovation designed to set the parameters for the conduct of a trial to ensure fair treatment of vulnerable witnesses. The scheme, including the use of intermediaries, aims to enable vulnerable witnesses to give their best evidence and to ensure that communication is as complete, coherent and accurate as possible.

But how do these hearings work in practice?

The College has produced a best practice video to equip judicial officers and practitioners with an understanding of how to conduct a Ground Rules Hearing, both with and without an intermediary.

Featuring an introduction by Chief Judge Peter Kidd, the mock hearings, led by Judge Meryl Sexton and Magistrate Belinda Wallington, take you through the hearing process, including giving directions regarding questioning, breaks and supporting materials.

The guide and supporting material are now available on the College's website.



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