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Updated ABE interview guidance published

The Ministry of Justice, in conjunction with the National Police Chiefs' Council, has published the latest update to guidance on interviewing victims and witnesses and using special measures. 'Achieving Best Evidence' was first published in 2002, with subsequent revisions in 2007 and 2011.

Victoria Atkins MP, Minister of State for Justice, said:

"The purpose of this guidance is to assist those responsible for conducting video-recorded interviews with vulnerable, intimidated and significant witnesses, as well as those tasked with preparing and supporting witnesses during the criminal justice process. The guidance incorporates best practice from local areas and the expertise of practitioners, charities and voluntary groups who support victims and witnesses at a local level."

For the updated ABE guidance, click here.

Julia Queen, Barrister, Coram Chambers