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NCJ Number: 139730 Find in a Library
Title: B.J. Learns About Federal and Tribal Court
Author(s): B. Chester
Corporate Author: US Attorney's Office District of Arizona
United States of America
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 0
Sponsoring Agency: Office for Victims of Crime
Washington, DC 20531
US Attorney's Office District of Arizona
Phoenix, AZ 85007
Sale Source: Office for Victims of Crime
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
810 Seventh Street NW
Washington, DC 20531
United States of America

US Attorney's Office District of Arizona
1275 W Washington
Phoenix, AZ 85007
United States of America
Type: Citizen Involvement Material
Format: Film
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This video instructs Native American children in the jobs performed by tribal and Federal court personnel and answers questions about court procedures likely to be asked by child witnesses.
Abstract: This video takes a group of American Indian children into tribal and Federal courts to meet court personnel. Each of the court personnel briefly explains his/her job in the court. Personnel portrayed in the tribal court are the court reporter, the court clerk, the prosecutor, the defense attorney, and the judge. In the Federal court, the judge explains the role of the jury, the bailiff, the court clerk, and the court reporter. Following the portraits of court personnel, the video poses questions likely to be asked by child witnesses about the experience of testifying. The questions are answered by the children taking the tour of the courts. The video was developed to prepare Native American child victims and witnesses to testify in Federal and tribal courts. It is designed to alleviate common fears children may have about courtrooms and promote positive feelings among viewers. On the video jacket, instructions are provided for what to do with the children before they view the video. Questions to ask the children after they view the video are also provided on the video jacket. An instructor's guide offers suggestions for group activities and discussions related to the material in the video.
Main Term(s): Court procedures
Index Term(s): Federal courts; Indian affairs; Juvenile witnesses; Tribal court system
Note: Color VHS video, 10 minutes. Refer to NCJ 183473 for the document
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