Child Witnesses in Twentieth Century Australian Courtrooms by Robyn Blewer
English | PDF,EPUB | 2021 | 270 Pages | ISBN : 3030697908 | 4.9 MB
This book considers the law, policy and procedure for child witnesses in Australian criminal courts across the twentieth century. It uses the stories and experiences of over 200 children, in many cases using their own words from press reports, to highlight how the relevant law was – or was not - applied throughout this period. The law was sympathetic to the plight of child witnesses and exhibited a significant degree of pragmatism to receive the evidence of children but was equally fearful of innocent men being wrongly convicted.