If your client has a communication difference or difficulty which impacts their ability to understand and participate effectively in legal proceedings, an intermediary may be able to assist.
Our intermediary service is mostly funded by HMCTS, with no charges or payments required by legal representatives. Make a referral via our simple online portal. If you need to contact us, call 0121 663 0931 or email email@example.com.
We facilitate fairer access to justice for adults and children with communication differences and difficulties.
We work in criminal and family cases, as well as other proceedings (including immigration hearings, parole hearings and employment tribunals), where we provide communication support for defendants, respondents and other court users. We have developed our expertise through working with more than 10,000 people in the courts, who have a very wide range of communication needs
Accessing Justice Podcast
Communicourt talks to experts and organisations from across law, speech and language therapy, psychology and beyond, to unpack issues around vulnerability and communication needs in legal proceedings. Series two explores ‘Hidden Disabilities’ which might affect court users, from ADHD and stammering, to selective mutism. Listen here, on Spotify or via PodBean.Listen now
The Access Brief
A library of free resources and guides for legal professionals, developed by intermediaries in collaboration with organisations and academics (including STAMMA and ADHD UK). Explore different conditions which may impact your client’s communication during legal proceedings, get ‘quick tips’ you can use in your practice and learn more about working alongside an intermediary.Visit the Access Brief
How to create visual aids
You don’t need to be arty to create visual aids which support your client’s engagement, understanding and retention of information. This quick, two-page guide from The Access Brief includes some simple visual aids ideas which you can use to explain a range of court concepts. Register free for The Access Brief to explore visual aids, easy-read documents and much more.Download tips and guides