Sometimes it can be very difficult for children to testify in court. For example, a child was willing to testify against his father for (alleged) abuse, but could not do so in open court and instead had a breakdown on the witness stand. It is hard enough for anyone to testify about physical, sexual or emotional abuse at the hands of another, especially a close relative. Imagine how hard it would be for a minor child to do so against a parent who is sitting just feet away at the defendant’s table. Judges can sometimes use their discretion to allow a child to testify “in camera” meaning that the judge interviews the child in his office. This Bill gives more judges the discretion to take testimony in camera.
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