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This expanded and updated Second Edition of Legal Issues in Child Abuse and Neglect Practice offers a state-of-the-art exploration of what role the law can play in bettering the lives of victimized children. While all who work with abused children share the same goals, there often exists a gap in communication between legal and helping professionals that reduces efficacy of cooperative efforts. This new edition continues to provide vital information to non-lawyers on how the legal system in the United States works in child abuse cases.
Chapter 8: Cross-Examination and Impeachment: Special Accommodations When Children Testify
Cross-Examination and Impeachment: Special Accommodations When Children Testify
Two types of witnesses testify in court: lay witnesses and expert witnesses. A lay witness is an individual with personal knowledge of relevant facts. An expert witness is someone with special knowledge, experience, or education, who helps the jury understand technical, clinical, or scientific issues. In child abuse litigation, professionals provide both lay and expert testimony (see Chapter 7).
Testifying begins with direct examination. During direct examination, the witness answers questions from the attorney who asked to the witness to testify. The purpose of direct examination is to elicit information favorable to the party on whose behalf the witness testifies. Following direct examination, the opposing attorney has the right to cross-examine. ...