Download e-book for kindle: Children and Cross-Examination: Time to Change the Rules? by John Spencer,Michael Lamb

By John Spencer,Michael Lamb

In 2009, Stephen Barker used to be convicted of rape at the proof of a bit woman who was once four-and-a-half years previous on the trial, and approximately three-and-a-half whilst first interviewed by means of the police. The excessive aspect of the lawsuits was once the kid's visual appeal as a dwell witness to ensure that Barker's information to aim a cross-examination.

This case targeted recognition at the desire, imposed through present English legislation, for even tiny young children to return to courtroom for a stay cross-examination.

In 1989, the Pigot Committee proposed a scheme lower than which the full of a tender kid's facts, together with cross-examination, will be got out of court docket and earlier than trial. In 1999 a provision designed to offer impact to this was once integrated within the early life Justice and legal proof Act, however it has now not but been introduced into force.

The complete Pigot notion used to be carried out, despite the fact that, in Western Australia, and related schemes function in a few ecu jurisdictions. This e-book of essays examines a few those schemes, and argues the case for extra reforms within the UK.

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