Legal and Cultural Perspectives on the Role of Child Witnesses in Criminal Proceedings


In the discussion of whether a defendant is guilty or not, what is usually disregarded, is the fact that child witnesses are usually children who have suffered physical or sexual abuse with major psychological consequences.  As the number of such children increases, it is essential that we reform the system to be more protective and sensitive.  Despite the need for legislative reform, most problems concern the practices of those involved (lawyers, police, social workers) thus stressing the need for change in the prevailing culture.  To prove this, the current practices which take place