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Child Witnesses

Lucy S. McGoughVinson and Elkins Professor of Law, Louisiana State University Law School, Baton Rouge, USA

ISBN13: 9780300057485
ISBN: 0300057482
Published: November 1994
Publisher: Yale University Press
Country of Publication: USA
Format: Hardback
Price: Out of print

This work carefully assesses research on the cognitive capabilities of children in court as well as the emotional, social and moral influences that may affect a child's reliability. It recommends reforms in American legal proceses to protect child witnesses and ensure accurate testimony.

The Child Witness Revolution; Sensory Capability, Attentiveness and Encoding Experience; Confabulation and Trauma; Memory and Suggestibility; Conscious Deception; On the Witness Stand - Competency to Testify and Credibility; Civil Proceedings - The Hearsay Rule and Child Witnesses; Criminal Prosecutions and the Confrontation Clause; Videotaping Children's Accounts; Expert Testimony - Assessing a Child's Credibility. Appendices: Proposed Statutes; Cases; Statutes.