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NCJ Number: 222116 Find in a Library
Title: Overview of Issues Related to Child Testimony
Author(s): Allison Cunningham M.A.; Pamela Hurley M.Ed.
Corporate Author: Centre for Children and Families in the Justice System
Date Published: 2007
Page Count: 34
Sponsoring Agency: Canada Department of Justice
Ottawa ON K1A 0H8, Canada
Centre for Children and Families in the Justice System
London, Ontario N6A 5P6, Canada
Publication Number: ISBN 978-1-895953-34-3
Sale Source: Centre for Children and Families in the Justice System
London Family Court Clinic, Inc.
200-254 Pall Mall Street
Suite 200
London, Ontario N6A 5P6,
Type: Handbook
Format: Book (Softbound)
Language: English; French
Country: Canada
Annotation: The intent of this handbook is to provide an overview of the various issues related to child testimony and aid frontline justice professionals using special accommodations and testimonial aids for young witnesses in criminal proceedings.
Abstract: This overview handbook, the first in a series of seven, concentrates on first, a brief introduction to the testimonial aids and concessions available to child and teenaged witnesses in Canada; second, an overview of issues important to take into account when helping children testify, including some pre-court preparation strategies for children (i.e., education, role-playing, relaxation training and anxiety management, court orientation and support, debriefing, and followup); and lastly, guidance on understanding the court system from a child’s point of view. Good practice principles identified for agencies working together to investigate and prosecute the criminal victimizations of children and support court witnesses and their families include: talking to each other, ensuring early identification of cases where children are witnesses, being clear on roles and responsibilities, advocating for local availability of testimonial aids, and developing the role of child witness specialist. The other six handbooks in this series on using special accommodations and testimonial aids to facilitate the testimony of children are entitled: Testimony Outside the Courtroom, Witness Screens, Video-recorded Evidence, Designated Support Person, Hearsay Evidence and Children, and Children and Teenagers Testifying in Domestic Violence Cases. Table, glossary, and list of suggest readings
Main Term(s): Juvenile witnesses
Index Term(s): Children in the courtroom; Crime reporting by children; Testimony; Witness credibility
Note: This is book 1 of a seven handbook series. See NCJ-222117-122 for additional books in the series.
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