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NCJ Number: 119021 Find in a Library
Title: Child in the Witness Box
Journal: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology  Volume:22  Issue:2  Dated:(June 1989)  Pages:82-94
Author(s): B Naylor
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 13
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: The importance of child evidence in criminal trials, particularly for child sexual assault, is widely recognized.
Abstract: Legal rules and "common knowledge" treat child evidence as inherently unreliable. However, psychological studies show that children can be good witnesses when their special needs are understood. This has clear implications for legal rules and practices. (Author abstract)
Main Term(s): Juvenile witnesses
Index Term(s): Australia; Child Sexual Abuse; Rules of evidence; Trial procedures
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