Child Testimony: Admissibility, Reliability and Procedures

This memorandum discusses the strategies courts employ around the world to treat child victims and witnesses and their evidence when giving testimony. International and regional human rights standards have highlighted good practices in the treatment of vulnerable young child witnesses, centering on the foundational principle of the best interests of the child. In turn, domestic courts and legislatures worldwide have created and employed a broad range of judicial approaches to the admissibility of child witness testimony; the reliability of child witness evidence, and the procedures that should be employed to facilitate child witness testimony.

Year 

2014

Author 

Naureen Shameem, Women and Justice Fellow, Avon Global Center for Women and Justice

Avon Center work product 

ID 

856