Mind Toolkit

Purpose: Toolkit for advocates and prosecutors dealing with witnesses with mental distress

Scope of application: All practising barristers

Issued by: The Bar Council, Crown Prosecution Service, The Law Society and MIND

Last reviewed: 2009

Status and effect: Please see the notice at end of this page. This is not "guidance" for the purposes of the BSB Handbook I6.4.

All members of the Bar, whether prosecuting or defending, need to be aware of the support required by witnesses with mental distress in order to enable them to give their evidence fairly and fully. This toolkit was developed in 2009 by a joint working party of the Bar Council, the CPS,  the Law Society and the charity MIND.

  1. The Quick Guide provides an overview of the guidance in the Toolkit.

  2. The Mental Health Toolkit for prosecutors and advocates. 


Important Notice

This document has been prepared by the Bar Council to assist barristers on matters of professional conduct and ethics. It is not "guidance" for the purposes of the BSB Handbook I6.4, and neither the BSB nor a disciplinary tribunal nor the Legal Ombudsman is bound by any views or advice expressed in it. It does not comprise - and cannot be relied on as giving - legal advice. It has been prepared in good faith, but neither the Bar Council nor any of the individuals responsible for or involved in its preparation accept any responsibility or liability for anything done in reliance on it. For fuller information as to the status and effect of this document, please refer to the professional practice and ethics section of the Bar Council's website here.