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NCJ Number: 143418 Add to Shopping cart Find in a Library
Corporate Author: American Prosecutors Research Institute
United States of America
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 24
Sponsoring Agency: American Prosecutors Research Institute
Alexandria, VA 22314
Office for Victims of Crime
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 92-CI-CX-K0001
Type: Legislation/Policy Description
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This document lists State statutes, current through 1991, regarding special procedures for child victims and witnesses involved in criminal child abuse proceedings.
Abstract: Each statute (military and tribal laws are excluded) is annotated. The first section includes legislation that allows or permits the judge to close the courtroom from the public during child victim or witness testimony in criminal child abuse cases; the compilation does not include statutes that refer to the use of cameras in the courtroom. The second section summarizes legislation, passed only in Alabama and California, that specifically allows for the use of leading questions with child witnesses in criminal proceedings. Next follow summaries of legislation specifically permitting the use of anatomically correct dolls, drawings, and other aids in criminal child abuse prosecutions. California and Iowa have laws that limit the length of a child's testimony or restrict the time of day a child can testify in court. The final two sections identify legislation that limits the number of interviews permitted when dealing with child witnesses and that mandates speedy disposition of criminal cases involving child witnesses or victims.
Main Term(s): Alternative court procedures; Juvenile witnesses
Index Term(s): Anatomically correct dolls; Child abuse and neglect hearings; Child victims; Children in the courtroom; Closed trials; Courts; Dispositions; Juveniles; State laws; Victims of Crime
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