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About Joanna Campbell

Joanna Campbell is a highly experienced Registered and HMCTS Appointed Intermediary, trained and accredited with the Ministry of Justice. She has over 10 years' experience in the field and has completed more than 600 cases in the Criminal and Family Courts with vulnerable witnesses, defendants and respondents.


Joanna is a communication specialist with a background in Speech and Language Therapy. She has extensive experience of working with adolescents and adults with a range of learning difficulties and mental health conditions, as well as training other professionals in the field.


She has undergone several training courses relevant to the Intermediary role and completes ongoing Continuing Professional Development to keep her skills and knowledge up to date. Joanna has received excellent feedback from the work she has done, which can be read in the 'Testimonials' section of this site. 

Joanna is passionate about enabling all vulnerable people to fully participate in the court process, including understanding the proceedings, giving their account, and making informed decisions regarding how their case progresses. As such, she has a very high standard of work at all stages of her involvement, from assessment and report writing, through to facilitating communication in the court environment. She feels strongly that consistency of Intermediary is important for vulnerable service users and, as such, strives to provide the highest level of commitment to any case that she becomes involved in. 


See below for Joanna's full CV.

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Curriculum Vitae

Qualifications and Membership


  • BSc (Hons) Speech and Language Therapy (Manchester University) in 2011

  • Qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist in 2011

  • Completed HMCTS Appointed Intermediary training with Communicourt in 2011

  • Trained and qualified as a Registered Intermediary with the MOJ in 2015

  • Member of RI North West Regional Group since 2015

  • Member of Intermediaries for Justice (IfJ) since 2016

  • Became an accredited RI (aRI) with the MOJ in 2018

  • Member of the Intermediary Co-operative (TIC) since 2021

  • Ongoing CPD with Witness Intermediary Scheme and TIC

Employment History


  • Speech and Language Therapist with Speak Clearly Ltd from 2011-2017

  • Highly specialist intermediary and assistant manager at Communicourt Ltd, working with a range of communication disorders in the Criminal and Family courts from 2011-2017

  • Independent Intermediary since January 2018, working with witnesses (as a Registered Intermediary, through the MoJ) and defendants (as a Non-Registered Intermediary or HMCTS Appointed Intermediary)

  • Accredited RI with MoJ since 2018, recruiting RI candidates, writing and delivering MOJ RI training programme and mentoring NQRIs, running NQRI group sessions, as well as other corporate work for the Witness Intermediary Scheme

  • Director of Recruitment and Training at the Intermediary Co-operative from 2022 to 2023

  • Training Lead at TIC since 2022


Areas of Expertise


  • Learning Disability

  • Learning difficulties, e.g. dyslexia, dyspraxia

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

  • Autistic Spectrum Conditions, e.g. Asperger’s Syndrome

  • Mental health conditions, e.g. anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, psychosis, personality disorders


Relevant Experience


  • Assessment of communication and social skills in specialist unit for young adults with autism in a secondary school

  • Worked with individuals with moderate to severe Learning Disability in a residential setting

  • Community work with individuals with various mental health conditions

  • Worked as HMCTS Appointed Intermediary in over 500 cases in Criminal and Family courts

  • Worked as Registered Intermediary in over 150 cases at investigative and trial stages of Criminal court cases

  • Developed and delivered several intermediary training courses, most recently within TIC

  • Developed and delivered training for court and justice professionals on the intermediary role 

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