vulnerable witness

vulnerable witness

a witness who can be more easily attacked in traditional adversarial court proceedings. Particular legislation in particular jurisdictions at particular times may include or exclude various categories of individuals. Core examples include children, and those with mental problems. Those with significant impairment of their faculties may be included as may the intellectually feeble. Others maybe more subjectively vulnerable in general such as victims of sexual offences, members of ethnic minority communities, or people who have been attacked or threatened for coming forward as a witness.

A system which makes the distinction will do so with a view to reducing the vulnerability of the witness - a principal means is the use of VIDEO EVIDENCE. Other techniques could include allowing the presence of a supporter or, more controversially, limiting the nature and scope of cross-examination.

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As far as I'm concerned, they're not vulnerable witnesses. If anyone is a vulnerable witness, it's me."
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This new court will improve facilities for all court users, with a modern courtroom environment and an additional vulnerable witness suite."
It should have been renewed after the last vulnerable witness has testified," Justice Mabeya ruled, informing them of the opportunity to renew their application in future.
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Challenging a vulnerable witness's testimony in accordance with Browne v Dunn and suggesting an alternative version of facts may not advance the pursuit of truth.
The pamphlet also explains what the term "vulnerable witness" means.
The video links can also be used to enable an intimidated or vulnerable witness to give a statement without the need to enter the court premises.
Sheriff Principal Ian R Abercrombie QC, of Dumfries and Galloway, will open the new court and said:"This new facility, which incorporates a vulnerable witness suite and high-tech prison to court video link, will enhance the administration of justice locally and provide a modern, bespoke court fit for the 21st century."
The court directed that vulnerable witness deposition complexes shall be set up by the States and Union Territories in all district courts.
Surely such an important witness should have been examined more thoroughly by officers trained in vulnerable witness interviewing techniques?