Children 's Testimony Of Judicial Proceedings Throughout The Past Years Decades

2006 Words Nov 25th, 2014 9 Pages
This research paper investigates children’s testimony in judicial proceedings throughout the past few decades. An increase in child abuse allegations in the 1980s resulted in mass allegations throughout the United States. As a result, a child is interviewed by law enforcement and social workers regarding what happened during specific incidents. Tactics to acquire the testimony of the children has been up for debate by the judicial system and psychologists. These tactics include suggestibility, repeated questions, or stereotyping that may alter the testimony of children to accommodate interviewers biases, knowingly and unknowingly, resulting in false arrests and imprisonments. Psychological research has initiated a growing concern about the tactics used by interviewers that should be evaluated and monitored by the judicial system to provide accurate accounts of incidents.

The Reliability of Child Testimonies The judicial system in the United States allows eyewitness testimony into a courtroom trial to aid jurors in determining the fate of the accused, with a guilty or not guilty verdict. Judicial proceedings at times involve cases where children are asked to testify about allegations regarding sexual abuse, neglect, custody disputes, or criminal cases that the child may have seen or been involved in. The reliability of a child’s testimony has been a topic of debate for the judicial system and psychologists interested in children’s memory since the 1980s…
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