Children and Cross-Examination: Time to Change the Rules? by John Spencer,Michael Lamb

By John Spencer,Michael Lamb

In 2009, Stephen Barker was once 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 while first interviewed via the police. The excessive element of the court cases was once the kid's visual appeal as a stay witness to ensure that Barker's tips to try a cross-examination.

This case concentrated consciousness at the want, imposed through present English legislations, for even tiny young ones to come back to court docket for a dwell cross-examination.

In 1989, the Pigot Committee proposed a scheme less than which the total of a tender kid's facts, together with cross-examination, will be bought out of courtroom and ahead of trial. In 1999 a provision designed to offer impression to this was once incorporated within the formative years Justice and legal proof Act, however it has now not but been introduced into force.

The complete Pigot inspiration was once carried out, even though, in Western Australia, and related schemes function in a couple of eu 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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