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NCJ Number: 157156 Find in a Library
Title: I'm Going to Federal Court with Mark & Julie (For Children Ten Years and Up)
Corporate Author: Applause Productions
United States of America
Date Published: Unknown
Page Count: 0
Sponsoring Agency: Applause Productions
Indianapolis, IN
Office for Victims of Crime
Washington, DC 20531
US Attorney's Office of the Southern District of Indiana
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
Type: Citizen Involvement Material
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This video explains to prospective child witnesses (10 years old and older) in Federal courts the roles of various court personal, court procedures, and the basics of testifying in court.
Abstract: The introduction by Attorney General Janet Reno emphasizes the importance of supporting and preparing children to be witnesses in Federal courts and previews the material in the remainder of the video, which is designed to orient children to the experience of testifying in court. A young girl and young boy act as narrators and guides for a tour of courtroom procedures and personnel. From inside a Federal courtroom, the video provides closeups of each court actor as the narrators explain their responsibilities in the court's operations. The personnel profiled are the prosecutor, the defense attorney, the judge, the jury, the court clerk, the victim advocate, the witness, and the U.S. deputy marshal. Testimony and the witness stand are also discussed. Guidelines for testifying focus on telling the truth, saying "I don't know" when the witness does not know the answer to a question, and making sure that the question is clear before attempting to answer it. A summary of the video's information is provided at the end of the video.
Main Term(s): Juvenile witnesses
Index Term(s): Court personnel; Federal courts
Note: Color VHS video, 8:55 mins.
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