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NCJ Number: 157872 Find in a Library
Title: Child Witness Testimony in Court: Protocol for Using Closed Circuit Equipment
Author(s): R Allen; K M Matthews; L Gregory; R Childers
Corporate Author: Virginia Dept of State Police
United States of America

Virginia Dept of Criminal Justice Services
Criminal Justice Research Ctr
United States of America
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 32
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Assistance
Washington, DC 20531
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
NCJRS Photocopy Services
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
Virginia Dept of Criminal Justice Services
Richmond, VA 23219
Virginia Dept of State Police
Richmond, VA 23261
Grant Number: 93-TT-CX-0009
Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America

NCJRS Photocopy Services
Box 6000
Rockville, MD 20849-6000
United States of America

Virginia Dept of Criminal Justice Services
Criminal Justice Research Ctr
1100 Bank St.
Richmond, VA 23219
United States of America
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Technical)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Virginia has attempted to reduce the trauma experienced by child victims when they must testify in court; for example, a 1988 amendment to the Code of Virginia allows child victims in criminal proceedings to testify from a room outside the court via two-way closed circuit television.
Abstract: The Code of Virginia permits closed circuit television in cases involving certain criminal offenses and when a victim is 12 years of age or younger. Additionally, in civil proceedings involving alleged abuse or neglect of a child 12 years of age or younger, a child's testimony can be taken via closed circuit television. The technology allows the child's testimony to be transmitted "live" to the courtroom where it can be seen and heard by the judge, jury, defendant, and others. At the same time, courtroom proceedings are transmitted to the room where the child is so that the child and his or her attorneys can see and hear the proceedings. Information is provided on procedural, technical, and witness preparation for child testimony via closed circuit television. Supplemental information on the use of closed circuit television in juvenile cases is contained in six appendixes. 1 figure
Main Term(s): Juvenile witnesses
Index Term(s): Child abuse; Child victims; Children in the courtroom; Closed circuit television (CCTV); Court procedures; Juvenile dependency and neglect; Science and Technology; Virginia
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