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NCJ Number: 206645 Find in a Library
Title: Tell the Truth Workbook: For Children Required to Testify in Court (Video and CD-ROM)
Corporate Author: South Dakota Attorney General's Office
United States of America
Date Published: 2004
Page Count: 0
Sponsoring Agency: Office for Victims of Crime
Washington, DC 20531
South Dakota Attorney General's Office
Pierre, SD 57501
Sale Source: South Dakota Attorney General's Office
225 South Pierre Street
Room 326
Pierre, SD 57501
United States of America
Type: Instructional Material
Format: Informational Packet
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This audiovisual collection was developed as a resource for children testifying in court, and features an animated trip to the courthouse with explanations of the court process and the importance of telling the truth.
Abstract: This audiovisual collection and workbook were developed by the United States Attorney’s Office, District of South Dakota with support from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime as a resource tool to aid children, ages 5 and up, when testifying as a witness in court. The audiovisuals, both videotape and CD-ROM orient children and their families about the court process which helps to build the child’s confidence and reduce fear and anxiety about testifying. They offer an animated trip to the courthouse where the court process is explained by a victim witness advocate in a simple, effective way, emphasizing the importance of telling the truth. The audiovisuals explain the courthouse itself, what it means to be a witness, where the judge sits and what he/she wears, and who testifies in court (the victim, defendant, and other witnesses). In addition, the roles of the various professionals and citizens present in the courtroom are explained, such as the victim witness advocate, the bailiff or U.S. Deputy, court reporter, clerk of the court, attorneys (defense and prosecutor), and the jury. The importance of telling the truth is emphasized through song and easy to understand lyrics. The main purpose of the audiovisuals and workbook is to alleviate common fears of courtrooms and promote positive feelings for those viewing.
Main Term(s): Juvenile witnesses
Index Term(s): Child victims; Children in the courtroom; Witness credibility; Witnesses
Note: *This document is currently unavailable from NCJRS. This package includes a 14 minute videotape, a 14 minute CD-ROM, and a 16 page activity book entitled, Tell the Truth Workbook with Corky the Court Street Companion.
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