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NCJ Number: 222117 Find in a Library
Title: Testimony Outside the Courtroom
Author(s): Pamela Hurley M.Ed.; Alison Cunningham M.A.
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 978-1-895953-35-0
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 focus on testimony outside the courtroom and aid front-line justice professionals who use special accommodations and testimonial aids for young witnesses in criminal proceedings.
Abstract: This handbook, the second in a series of seven, focuses on the testimony of children outside the courtroom, including the use of CCTV to enable a child to testify from elsewhere in the courthouse. The topic of remote testimony is also discussed. In this approach, testimony is transmitted “live” from a location outside the courthouse, using secure electronic transmission supported by a fast-evolving menu of options. A discussion is also provided of the trauma in young crime victims and witnesses. The goal of this handbook, as well as all of those in the series, is to assist court personnel in helping children give a complete and accurate account of evidence to the court. The other six handbooks in this series on using special accommodations and testimonial aids to facilitate the testimony of children are entitled: Overview of Issues Related to Child Testimony, Witness Screens, Video-recorded Evidence, Designated Support Person, Hearsay Evidence and Children, and Children and Teenagers Testifying in Domestic Violence Cases. Figures, and list of suggested readings
Main Term(s): Juvenile witnesses
Index Term(s): Children in the courtroom; Crime reporting by children; Testimony; Witness credibility
Note: This is book 2 in a seven handbook series. See NCJ-222118-122 and NCJ-222116 for additional handbooks in the series.
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