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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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(p.156) (p.157) VIII Conclusions
The Adversarial Process and the Vulnerable Witness

Louise Ellison

Oxford University Press

This concluding chapter sums up the key findings of this study on vulnerable witnesses and the adversarial process in the criminal justice system in Great Britain. The result reveals the limitations of an accommodation approach to the problems facing vulnerable and intimidated witnesses and the flaws of the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act (YJCEA) 1999. The findings also indicate that the measures which deviate least from the adversarial model are the least effective both in terms of alleviating the stress associated with giving evidence and for securing access to the best evidence potentially available.

Keywords:   vulnerable witness, adversarial process, Great Britain, criminal justice, YJCEA, evidence

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