Any child giving evidence in court, whether a defendant or a witness is entitled to special measures to make it easier for them to give evidence.
Child witnesses should be offered a court familiarisation visit before the day they need to go to court to give evidence.1 When the child arrives at court, they should be met by a trained witness supporter and taken to a witness waiting area.2
The lawyers should consider the child’s age and understanding when asking questions to make sure that they fully understand.4
- Paragraph 3G.2, Criminal Practice Direction on Vulnerable Defendants, 2013 (back)
- Witness support has created an interactive courtroom to help young witnesses know what to expect when going to court. (back)
- Section 28(1) of the Children and Young Persons Act 1963 (back)
- Planning to Question a Child or Young Person, The Advocates Gateway, Toolkit 6, 21 October 2013 (back)