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The Adversarial Process and the Vulnerable Witness$
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Louise Ellison

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780198299097

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198299097.001.0001

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Accommodating Vulnerable and Intimidated Witnesses

Accommodating Vulnerable and Intimidated Witnesses

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The Adversarial Process and the Vulnerable Witness

Louise Ellison

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines recent studies which challenge the assumption in the formulation of the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act (YJCEA) 1999 in Great Britain that the established regime was operating sufficiently well to warrant the inclusion of child witnesses in trials. The deficiencies of the Act which came to be known as the ‘half-Pigot’ scheme were apparent to critics from the outset, and the most obvious of these was that child witnesses were still required to provide vive voce testimony, albeit by television link. The YJCEA also introduced the possibility of cross-trial examination, though this may be preserved in the main for child sexual abuse complainants.

Keywords:   YJCEA, child witnesses, half-Pigot scheme, testimony, cross-trial, child sexual abuse, Great Britain

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