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Children as victims and witnesses in the criminal trial process

Children as victims and witnesses in the criminal trial process

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Published by Duke University School of Law in Durham, N.C .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • Child witnesses -- United States.,
  • Children -- Legal status, laws, etc. -- United States.

  • Edition Notes

    StatementRobert P. Mosteller, special editor.
    SeriesLaw and contemporary problems -- vol. 65, no. 1, winter 2002., Law and contemporary problems -- v. 65, no. 1.
    ContributionsMosteller, Robert P., 1948-, Duke University. School of Law.
    The Physical Object
    Pagination282 p. ;
    Number of Pages282
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL16027232M

    tions on witness intimidation, vulnerable witnesses, investigative and pre-trial measures, court procedures, court measures, child witnesses, admissibility of evidence and alternative forms of evidence and training. 2 Vulnerable witnesses and children working group. 3 E.g. the Advocates Gateway training toolkits which were available in June Victims of crime, and other people who have knowledge about the commission of a crime, are often required to testify at a trial or at other court proceedings. The federal criminal justice system cannot function without the participation of victims and witnesses. Complete cooperation and truthful testimony of all witnesses and victims are.

    a private place with no witnesses to the event. Interviews of children require special handling; legal issues governing child testimony are complicated and ever changing, and children—whether victims or witnesses—are often viewed as less credible or competent than the accused. Child abuse cases often involve concurrent civil, criminal. Criminal Procedure Bench Book xi ACKNOWLEDGMENTS The Criminal Procedure Bench Book was prepared by a Technical Committee, which was appointed by the former Chief Justice of the Republic of Kenya, Hon. Mr. Justice (Dr.) Willy Mutunga. I wish to express my deep gratitude to the Hon. Mr. Justice (Dr.) Willy Mutunga and Hon. Mr. Justice David Kenani.

    Introduction. Victims’ rights in international criminal proceedings is a relatively new field. Most international criminal courts and tribunals established since Nuremberg, including the ad hoc criminal tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia as well as the Special Court for Sierra Leone, have given only sparse consideration to victims’ concerns and have limited the space . victims in the criminal justice process and the steps taken to right it are thoroughly justified, care must be taken, in particular when there is an issue as to guilt, not to treat him in a way.


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Children as victims and witnesses in the criminal trial process Download PDF EPUB FB2

OCLC Number: Notes: Cover title. Description: pages ; 27 cm. Contents: Hearsay exceptions: adjusting the ratio of intuition to psychological science / John E.B.

Myers [and others] --The maturation and disintegration of the hearsay exception for statements for medical examination in child sexual abuse cases / Robert P.

Mosteller --Applying suggestibility. In cases involving children either as victims or as witnesses, delay should be kept to a minimum to reduce the levels of stress and worry about the process that the child may feel.

Child witnesses under the age of 18 will automatically be eligible for special measures by virtue of section 16 of the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act Child victims/witnesses. Downloadable PDF version – Attending Trial – Children victims/witnesses (PDF MB) Before the Trial During the Trial After the Trial Other general tips A Final Word.

For young children and adolescents, attending a criminal trial can. Victims and witnesses who do not have a detailed needs assessment can also request a visit to the court before the trial date by contacting the Witness Service directly. There will be cases in which, after reporting a crime, the victim withdraws support for the prosecution or indicates an unwillingness to give evidence.

The Victim and Witness Protection Act of (VWPA) was enacted "to enhance and protect the necessary role of crime victims and witnesses in the criminal justice process; to ensure that the Federal government does all that is possible within limits of available resources to assist victims and witnesses of crime without infringing on the constitutional rights of defendants; and to.

Child victims and witnesses before the ICC 83 a Specific provisions relating to victims and witnesses83 b Special measures for child victims and witnesses84 c The Victims and Witnesses Unit and its functions86 A child-friendly ICC: Staffing requirements 92 Cooperation between child rights advocates and the ICC   'Reform court process for children and sex attack victims', says former senior judge Lord Judge, the former Lord Chief Justice, says there may be a case for extending measures currently restricted.

a guide to court orientation for child + youth witnesses 3 introduction This booklet accompanies the video, Let’s Go to Court and is intended as a resource for Victim Service Workers and other professionals who are trained to assist child witnesses get ready to go to court.

Children of all ages are called to testify in court. The right to be heard and participate in criminal justice proceedings; You can learn more about victim rights in your state from the Office for Victims of Crime.

Find the support that works for you. Going through a criminal trial can be a challenging experience for anyone. There are resources available that can help you find the support you need. (10) Though there are other classes of vulnerable witnesses who may also be unfairly disadvantaged in the trial process, such as adult victims of sexual assault, (11) it is clear that particular problems arise in the cross-examination of children and persons with an.

Evidence Issues in Criminal Cases Involving Child Victims and Child Witnesses 5 to testify. 19 The Court reasoned that because the trial court found the children competent to testify, the defendant had an adequate opportunity to cross-examine them at trial In State v.

Jones,21 the defendant was excluded from the voir dire regarding a child victim’s competency toFile Size: KB. Child Victims and Witnesses in the Criminal Justice System.

Child victims and witnesses face some difficult issues that may impact their ability to participate effectively in the criminal justice process. First, children are just that - children. The way they understand, communicate, and participate is determined by their developmental status. thematic reports on children, victims and vulnerable witnesses, the Inspectorates highlight the risk of secondary abuse from the criminal court process.

For example, a report stressed that victims and witnesses, particularly those who are young and vulnerable:File Size: KB.

Waddell is one of many cases around the country in which criminal convictions have been overturned because children’s out-of-court statements were admitted after they failed to testify. 18 These cases include allegations of sexual abuse, physical abuse, and domestic violence, the types of cases in which child witnesses are most often called Cited by: 8.

protection of victims and witnesses may require measures which “shall include, but Fairness from the point of view of the victims The so-called “Street Children From Trial to Final Judgement. ”, the Chapter 7 • The Right to a Fair Trial: Part II – File Size: KB.

I was pleased to be asked to write a foreword for Preparing Children for Court. This book represents a compilation of “tricks of the trade” by a very talented victim-witness advocate, Lynn Copen.

The public has a right to know and the news media have a right to report about crimes where children are victims and witnesses; however, the. Criminal Trial Courts Bench Book Child witness/accused [] Definition of “child” [] Competence generally [] Competence of children and other witnesses [] Sworn evidence [] Unsworn evidence — conditions of competence [] Jury directions — unsworn evidence [] Use of specialised knowledge [] Evidence in narrative form.

allows victims to stay apprised of events in their cases. Notification is important for victims at various steps in the criminal justice process.

In some jurisdictions, victims have the right to be notified when their offender is arrested and released from custody after arrest, such as on bail. Victims may also have theFile Size: KB. ] Cross-Examination of Vulnerable Witnesses happened a long time ae r the event; 3 may not realise they have misunder- stood a question;4 may not seek clarication of confusing, complex or ambiguous questions; 5 and may be prone to anxiety.

6 Similar problems can be experienced by witnesses who have an intellectual disability. 7 e discussion in this article is. This book was published 16 years after the seminal Child Victims, Child Witnesses: Understanding and Improving Testimony, (Goodman and Bottoms),and addresses topics central to children's active and effective participation in legal proceedings: disclosure, interviewing, memory, testimony, and juror addition, it focuses Author: Martin Jerome Fialkov.

Cross-examination is fundamental to the adversarial criminal trial. However, when children and witnesses with an intellectual disability are cross-examined, it can lead to who may also be unfairly disadvantaged in the trial process, such as adult victims of sexual assault,11 it is clear that particular problems children in criminal File Size: KB.Child Victims explores the range and extent of crimes committed against children and assesses their impact.

The testimony of over two hundred children gives voice, for the first time, to their experiences, their views, and their examines how children attain the status of `victims' in the criminal justice system. Drawing on recent research findings, the authors examine each .This paper discusses the problems child witnesses face in an adversarial adult-orientated system.

These include children being required to answer questions from a number of different people about what happened, waiting months and even years before the case gets to court, having to face the alleged offender and being asked complex and difficult questions by lawyers .