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NCJ Number: 222119 Find in a Library
Title: Video-recorded Evidence
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: 22
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 978-1-895953-37-4
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 and discuss the recording of a child’s statement to police or child protection official on videotape or in a digital format and aid frontline justice professionals who use special accommodations and testimonial aids for young witnesses in criminal proceedings.
Abstract: A recording accommodation is available when a child’s statement to police and/or a child protection official is recorded on videotape or in a digital manner as on a DVD. Certain criteria must be met including that the child must testify that the statement represents the truth and be available for cross-examination. With access to video-recorded statements, a court can receive evidence that might otherwise be unavailable. The period between an offense and the trial date is often lengthy. In preparing to interview children, the following areas must be addressed and included in the investigative interview: interview facility, equipment, general guidance for interviewers, introductory phase, a building of rapport, and to carefully think through each question prior to asking it. The criteria for the use of a child’s video-recorded statement include: the witness was under age 18 at the time of the alleged offense; the witness describes the acts complained of during the interview; the recording was made a reasonable time after the alleged offense; and the witness adopts the contents while testifying and is available for cross-examination. 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, Witness Screens, 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 4 in a seven handbook series. See NCJ-222120-122 and NCJ-222116-118 for additional handbooks in the series.
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