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The Adversarial Process and the Vulnerable Witness

Louise Ellison


Until quite recently it was commonplace to describe the witness as the ‘forgotten man’ in the criminal justice system. The last few years have seen a dramatic shift in thinking with an increasing recognition of the legitimate expectations and rights of witnesses within the criminal process. At the same time research has drawn attention to a host of factors that conspire to deny the courts access to the best evidence potentially available when so-called vulnerable and intimidated witnesses are called upon to testify in accordance with conventional adversarial trial procedures and methods. The o ... More

Keywords: witness, rights, criminal process, adversarial, Youth Justice

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780198299097
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198299097.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Louise Ellison, author
Lecturer in Law, University of Manchester