Ground Rules Hearing Guidance and Checklist Form for Children with Neuro-Diversity Needs - Cambridgeshire Youth Court (2016)

Summary: Cambridge Youth Court have shared their Ground Rules Hearing guidance and checklist form, to support children that have neuro-diversity needs so that adjustments can be made. 

 

 

Description:
Cambridgeshire Youth Court have shared their Ground Rules Hearing guidance and checklist form. The checklist form records details of a vulnerable person’s specific requirements including input from any intermediary and therapists involved, so that reasonable adjustments can be put in place.

The checklist form has been created to assist with the planning of a trial for any vulnerable defendant, victim and witnesses, particularly those who have sensory or communication. It could also benefit vulnerable court users who are undiagnosed.

The Ground Rules Hearing is an additional hearing that is built in between the Case Management Hearing (when trial issues are explored and a trial date is fixed) and the trial itself. It exists to ensure that a vulnerable person, who may have communication difficulties or a learning disability, receives a fair hearing.

 

 

Contact:

Organisation: Cambridgeshire Youth Court
Name: Shakila Bukhari
Email: Shakila.Bukhari@HMCTS.gsi.gov.uk