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TAG News and Updates

Check back here regularly for news and updates relevant to the work undertaken by The Advocate's Gateway.  Please contact us if you would like to advertise any relevant information for our site visitors here.

13 September 2023

TAG is seeking a new Chair

In June 2023, Professor Penny Cooper, stood down as the Chair of The Advocate's Gateway to pursue new challenges and to continue her pivotal research into vulnerable witnesses. Penny acted as the Chair of TAG for over ten years and had this to say upon her departure: 

"Chairing The Advocate’s Gateway since inception in 2012 has been a great privilege as has working with many highly motivated experts and the phenomenal Management Committee. I look forward to supporting and promoting ‘TAG' as it continues to play a big part in building a fairer justice system. Thank you to everyone who has supported me."
Professor Penny Cooper

The Management Committee of The Advocate’s Gateway (TAG) expresses its enormous thanks to Professor Penny Cooper for all the inspiration, hard work, and leadership she has provided since TAG was founded. TAG, fortunately, will benefit from Penny’s continued support as it embarks on its next exciting decade. TAG relies upon the support of committed volunteers and if you would like to participate in such an important part of the justice system please do get in touch via TAG’s website.

TAG is now seeking a new Chair. We invite any interested party to contact us via for an informal discussion.

Our vision on the future of The Advocate's Gateway

The evolution of The Advocate’s Gateway (TAG)

TAG is a not-for-profit entity which is run by volunteers who are committed to improving access to justice globally.

As TAG approaches its 10 year anniversary in 2022 a lot has changed in relation to the questioning and treatment of vulnerable individuals within the justice system in England and Wales. There is always further work and improvement needed as experience and research grows and the Management Committee has determined that similarly TAG needs itself to evolve. One of the drivers of this is that the toolkits which TAG developed, initially with the focus on assisting advocates within the criminal justice system in England and Wales, have been used by judges and police officers, have been adopted in other legal areas including the family and civil courts, and been referred to and used in other jurisdictions e.g. Scotland, Australia, Norway and more. 

Therefore the decision has been taken to take two phased steps in relation to the toolkits:

Phase 1 - the toolkits will be revised to retain the important and relevant information required to assist when dealing with different vulnerabilities but will be less jurisdiction specific both in terms of the type of law and geography. An example pilot toolkit for planning to question someone with a learning disability will shortly be added to the website, whilst retaining the previous toolkit for comparison.   

Phase 2 - new toolkits will be added, covering other forms of vulnerability and all of the existing toolkits will go through a process of updating and revision to ensure that they continue to provide up-to-date best practice guidance.

The Management Committee encourages feedback both on the general approach that is being adopted but specifically on the pilot toolkit. The Management Committee also encourages everyone who visits the site to contact TAG with any resources or cases, from whichever area of law or anywhere in the world, which visitors to TAG may find of benefit. TAG will then review these and those which are considered relevant and appropriate will then be added to the ‘Resources’ section of the TAG website.

Should any individuals or organisations wish to support this evolution of TAG by means of donations or contributions then please contact us via the link on the website.

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