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Is the court intermediary system working?

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Over the last year intermediaries have for the first time been widely used in English courts to help and support vulnerable witnesses, most of them children. Many in the criminal justice system have welcomed their arrival for enabling access to justice for the most vulnerable.

But the Today programme has learned of one case where the parents of one especially vulnerable witness say the intermediary's actions led to their case being dropped.

Sanchia Berg reports on the case.

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