Accessing Justice
Communication needs and the right to a fair trial, Sanchita Hosali

Communication needs and the right to a fair trial, Sanchita Hosali

December 2, 2021

In this podcast, we talk to the Director of the British Institute of Human Rights, Sanchita Hosali. 

The Right to a Fair Trial is Article 6 of the Human Rights Act, however do we know how to use that right if we need it? Sanchita talks to us about the protection the right offers for defendants and respondents with communication difficulties in criminal and family courts.

Communication needs and police interviews, Dr Katie Maras

Communication needs and police interviews, Dr Katie Maras

December 2, 2021

In this episode we speak to Dr Katie Maras, Senior Lecturer in Psychology and Deputy Director of the Centre for Applied Autism Research at the University of Bath.

Her current work, funded by the ESRC, focuses on how autistic adults think and communicate differently, and what adaptations service providers can make to accommodate these differences.

Dr Maras is particularly interested in how autistic people fare when they are interviewed by the police as a witness or as a suspect of an alleged offence. We spoke to her about how communication needs can be a barrier to fair access to justice during initial police investigations, and when making statements.

Communication needs and the Criminal Court, Samantha Forsyth

Communication needs and the Criminal Court, Samantha Forsyth

December 2, 2021

In this episode, we are talking to Samantha Forsyth, a Specialist Criminal Practitioner at No5 Chambers in Birmingham. 

Ms Forsyth has extensive experience of supporting defendants with mental health difficulties.

She has spoken at the Supreme Court about the role of intermediaries in England and Wales.

Communication needs and the Family Court, Lucy Reed

Communication needs and the Family Court, Lucy Reed

December 2, 2021

In this episode, we talk to Lucy Reed, Family Barrister, and Author of the Pink Tape legal blog.

Ms Reed has worked at the family bar for more than 15 years, and is committed to helping people to understand what happens in Family Court. She set up her own Pink Tape blog and was also a founder of The Transparency Project.

We spoke to her about how much support there is for respondents with communication needs in the Family Court.

Communication needs in prison, Christian Boakye and Jacqui Learoyd

Communication needs in prison, Christian Boakye and Jacqui Learoyd

December 2, 2021

In this episode we are talking to Christian Boakye, Speech and Language Therapist at HMP/YOI Feltham, and Jacqui Learoyd, Lead Speech and Language Therapist at HMP Berwyn.

Christian and Jacqui are both passionate about their roles, there is a high prevalence of people with speech, language and communication needs in UK prisons.

We spoke to them about how they support prisoners with communication needs, and what more needs to be done to ensure there is fair access to justice.

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