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Eaton, Tania E (1996) Child witnesses in sexual abuse trials. Research Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Abstract

Legislation allowing video technology in court has been enacted in
many Australian states and territories. The modifications in court
procedure associated with videolink' and videodeposition' use
were proposed because of growing concerns that testifying in the
courtroom environment in the defendant's presence may
negatively affect both the psychological well-being of child
witnesses and their ability to testify. However, these changes
have been made without much control led research into their
effects. It needs to be established that these changes are not only
beneficial to child witnesses but also that juror perceptions of
witness credibility and subsequent conviction rates are not
adversely affected. Few studies have examined these issues and
none have compared the impact of these two modifications on the
justice system. Furthermore, the effect of the judge's instructions
regarding testimony presentation mode has not been investigated
using a balanced trial. Legislation allowing video technology in court has been enacted in
many Australian states and territories. The modifications in court
procedure associated with videolink' and videodeposition' use
were proposed because of growing concerns that testifying in the
courtroom environment in the defendant's presence may
negatively affect both the psychological well-being of child
witnesses and their ability to testify. However, these changes
have been made without much control led research into their
effects. It needs to be established that these changes are not only
beneficial to child witnesses but also that juror perceptions of
witness credibility and subsequent conviction rates are not
adversely affected. Few studies have examined these issues and
none have compared the impact of these two modifications on the
justice system. Furthermore, the effect of the judge's instructions
regarding testimony presentation mode has not been investigated
using a balanced trial. This is of concern because research has
indicated that the judge's instructions may have unintended
effects, backfiring by sensitising jurors to inadmissible evidence.
Testimony presentation mode and the judge's instructions
regarding it may impact on information jurors gain from trial
events and the resulting beliefs about witnesses may be
magnified by jury deliberation. Research is needed to evaluate
the relative effects of these variables on juror perceptions of
witnesses and on conviction rates.

Item Type: Thesis (Research Master)
Keywords: Child witnesses, Video tapes in courtroom proceedings
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Thesis (M.Psych.)--University of Tasmania, 1996. Includes bibliographical references

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