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NCJ Number: 222118 Find in a Library
Title: Witness Screens
Author(s): Alison Cunningham M.A.; Pamela Hurley M.Ed.
Corporate Author: Centre for Children and Families in the Justice System
Date Published: 2007
Page Count: 26
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 978-1-895953-36-7
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 describe the use of the witness screens in the shielding of testifying children from the accused and aid frontline justice professionals who use special accommodations and testimonial aids for young witnesses in criminal proceedings.
Abstract: A witness screen is a device positioned to shield a testifying child from seeing the accused in the courtroom. The most common device is the one-way screen, illustrated on the cover of the handbook. The witness sees only the screen itself. Less commonly found is other screening arrangements and courtroom configurations using physical barriers to block the child’s view of the accused. This arrangement for the courtroom designed with children in mind is also described in the handbook. As in all handbooks in this series, the goal is to help court personnel support children to provide 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, Testimony Outside the Courtroom, Video-recorded Evidence, Designated Support Person, Hearsay Evidence and Children, and Children and Teenagers Testifying in Domestic Violence Cases. Figures
Main Term(s): Juvenile witnesses
Index Term(s): Children in the courtroom; Crime reporting by children; Testimony; Witness credibility
Note: This is book 3 of a seven handbook series. See NCJ-222119-122 and NCJ-222116-117 for additional handbooks in the series.
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