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NCJ Number: 119325 Find in a Library
Title: Child Witness (From Representing the Child Client, P 7.1-7.58, 1988, Mark A Soler, et al. -- See NCJ-119320)
Author(s): M I Soler; A C Shotton; J R Bell; E J Jameson; C B Shauffer; L M Warboys
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 62
Sponsoring Agency: Matthew Bender and Co, Inc
Albany, NY 12204
Sale Source: Matthew Bender and Co, Inc
1275 Broadway
Albany, NY 12204
United States of America
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Legal and practical issues related to child witnesses are discussed in terms of their nature and implications for attorneys who represent children and youth.
Abstract: An overview of principles of child development that are relevant to child witnesses emphasizes current research findings related to memory development and the credibility of child witnesses. Additional sections explain techniques for interviewing the child witness, the preparation of a child to testify, the psychological impact of the court process, and issues related to competency of the child witness. Further sections explain the constitutional rights of defendants in child abuse prosecutions, the admissibility of the child's statements made out of court, and the admissibility of expert testimony. A concluding analysis of technological reforms focuses on constitutional and practical concerns related to the use of closed-circuit television and videotaped testimony. Footnotes.
Main Term(s): Juvenile witnesses
Index Term(s): Attorney client relations; Competency to testify; Incest treatment; Rights of minors
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