VPLC supports HB 1344 to make it easier on children presenting evidence in court
Thursday, January 19th, 2017
Sometimes it can be very difficult for children to testify in court. For example, a child was willing to testify against his father for (alleged) abuse, but could not do so in open court and instead had a breakdown on the witness stand. It is hard enough for anyone to testify about physical, sexual or emotional abuse at the hands of another, especially a close relative. Imagine how hard it would be for a minor child to do so against a parent who is sitting just feet away at the defendant’s table. Judges can sometimes use their discretion to allow a child to testify “in camera” meaning that the judge interviews the child in his office. This Bill gives more judges the discretion to take testimony in camera.
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