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Family Court judge allows autistic mother to type evidence in witness box during care proceedings

A Family Court judge has hailed the success of allowing an autistic mother’s oral evidence in care proceedings to be given by presenting her with written questions whilst in the witness box and for the answers to be typed in real time.

  • Those answers were then read out before moving to the next question.

    The advocates were then able to amend or ask additional questions which were typed in real time by an intermediary, Ms Backen, after which the same process as above was followed.

    Whilst the mother was questioned, she wore headphones that played white noise and minimised the stimuli that could have been distracting or distressing. These arrangements were, with the mother's input, regularly reviewed to ensure their efficacy and identify the need for any changes.

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News, published: 28/08/2020

Published: 28/08/2020


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