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dc.contributor.authorLee, Eunro
dc.contributor.authorGoodman-Delahunty, Jane
dc.contributor.authorFraser, Megan
dc.contributor.authorPowell, Martine B
dc.contributor.authorWestera, Nina J
dc.date.accessioned2020-02-13T05:56:18Z
dc.date.available2020-02-13T05:56:18Z
dc.date.issued2018
dc.identifier.issn2201-7275
dc.identifier.doi10.5204/qutlr.v18i2.757
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/391410
dc.description.abstractSpecial measures have been implemented across the globe to improve evidence procedures in child sexual assault trials. The present study explored the day-to-day experiences and views on their use by five groups of Australian criminal justice practitioners (N = 335): judges, prosecutors, defence lawyers, police officers and witness assistance officers. Most practitioners reported routine use of pre-recorded police interviews and CCTV cross-examination of child complainants, but rare use with vulnerable adults. Despite persistent technical difficulties and lengthy waiting times for witnesses, high consensus emerged that special measures enhanced trial fairness and jury understanding. The perceived impact of special measures on conviction rates diverged widely. Defence lawyers disputed that this evidence was as reliable as in-person testimony. All practitioner groups endorsed expanded use of expert witness evidence and witness intermediaries. Ongoing professional development in all practitioner groups will further enhance justice outcomes for victims of child sexual abuse.
dc.description.peerreviewedYes
dc.languageEnglish
dc.language.isoeng
dc.publisherQueensland University of Technology
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom1
dc.relation.ispartofpageto27
dc.relation.ispartofissue2
dc.relation.ispartofjournalQUT Law Review
dc.relation.ispartofvolume18
dc.subject.fieldofresearchLaw
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode1801
dc.subject.keywordsSocial Sciences
dc.subject.keywordsGovernment & Law
dc.titleSpecial Measures in Child Sexual Abuse Trials: Criminal Justice Practitioners’ Experiences and Views
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dcterms.bibliographicCitationLee, E; Goodman-Delahunty, J; Fraser, M; Powell, MB; Westera, NJ, Special Measures in Child Sexual Abuse Trials: Criminal Justice Practitioners’ Experiences and Views, QUT Law Review 2018, 18 (2), pp. 1-27
dcterms.licensehttp://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
dc.date.updated2020-02-13T00:51:43Z
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gro.rights.copyright© The Author(s) 2018. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.
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gro.griffith.authorPowell, Martine B.
gro.griffith.authorWestera, Nina


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