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.
|Journal||Psychreg Journal of Psychology (PJP)|
|Publication status||Accepted/In press - 4 May 2021|