Ben Douglas-Jones on 9th October 2014 appeared for the Crown in R v P and R v L a conjoined appeal in which the Vice President set out definitive guidelines for the handling of child and vulnerable witnesses. The Court held:
If a Judge has concerns about a witness's availability to give evidence, questioning concerning competence should take place in the parties' presence. An intermediary should be considered. If the Judge is still of the view that the witness should not give evidence he should consider whether the ABE video should be played.