October 23, 2017

Shelf Number: 1600 - 10

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Utah Handbook on Child Witnesses

Specific information about preparing, questioning and accommodating children for the courtroom. The handbook uses Utah laws, which can be substituted with any state, and also offers general principles for child witness-related issues. For example, determining the competency of a child witness, specific types of questions to ask and what not to ask, and what can be expected of a child at what age. Discusses how often to recess during a child's testimony, how to word questions, psychological issues that affect a child's testimony. With a child there are exceptions for hearsay, limits on cross-examination, and scheduling of a child's testimony is important; these topics are all thoroughly discussed. The evaluation of psychological evidence of child sexual abuse, interviewing and child development are also included.

Available Media: Print

Producer: McGeorge School of Law

Source: SJI

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