A review of the current measures used within the English courts for vulnerable individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Kathryn Devine, Dara Mojtahedi, Derrol Palmer

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Abstract

Research has highlighted that individuals who are defined as vulnerable come into regular contact with the criminal justice system (Burton et al., 2006; King & Murphy, 2014). Certain vulnerabilities, such as mental disabilities, can impact how the individual is perceived within the criminal justice system (Wainwright & Mojtahedi, 2020). Moreover, these vulnerabilities could impact an individual's ability to participate fully in a trial, affecting their ability to give evidence; therefore, the use of special adaptations or measures within the criminal justice system is imperative to reduce the levels of stress experienced by a witness, while preserving the quality of the evidence they can give (Lindsey, 2019). Therefore, there must be adaptations put in place in order to facilitate a trial.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPsychreg Journal of Psychology (PJP)
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 4 May 2021

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