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Child witnesses : fragile voices in the American legal system

Author: Lucy S McGough
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, ©1994.
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Children are frequently called to testify in court in criminal prosecutions, divorce and child custody hearings, dependency abuse proceedings, and other disputes. But is their testimony reliable? This book carefully assesses research on the cognitive capabilities of children as well as the emotional, social, and moral influences that might affect children's potential reliability, and it recommends reforms in  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Lucy S McGough
ISBN: 0300057482 9780300057485
OCLC Number: 29636219
Description: x, 339 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: The child witness revolution --
Sensory capability, attentiveness, and encoding experience --
Confabulation and trama --
Memory and suggestibility --
Conscious deception --
On the witness stand : competency to testify and credibility --
Civil proceedings : the hearsay rule and child witnesses --
Criminal proscecutions and the confrontation clause --
Videotaping children's accounts --
Expert testimony : asessing a child's credibility.
Responsibility: Lucy S. McGough.

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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  Read more...

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