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Questioning children in court - NZLS Continuing Legal Education - Free forum

June 18, 2021 at 4:36 PM

From the NZFVC

DATE

Thursday 24 June 2021

TIME

9am-4pm

LOCATION

Ellerslie Event Centre, Auckland or via Live web stream

ORGANISED BY

NZLS CLE Ltd

COST

Free

Communicating with and questioning children in court, especially in sexual violence cases, requires special sensitivity and planning. This free full-day forum will provide background understanding, and practice in asking better questions.

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This forum will include a mix of presentations, discussion and comment from all presenters. You will be able to ask questions in advance and during the forum.

When children take part in court proceedings as a witness or complainant, they find themselves in a stressful and daunting environment. Their stress is exacerbated when they participate in a case involving allegations of sexual offending. Children have a different general understanding of language from that of adults and the court setting with all its jargon can affect their ability to understand what has been asked and how they are to answer clearly. It is vital that counsel develop the skill of formulating questions that children can understand and accurately answer.

The programme will include presentations by all the panellists, practice in developing better questions, and plenty of time for discussion and questions.

Topics covered will include:

  • How children think and how they are different from adults
  • Particular issues for questioning in sexual violence cases
  • Types of questions that are confusing or difficult for children
  • Question types that are better for children
  • How Communication Assistants work with children
  • How a Communication Assistant and a lawyer can work together.

Who should attend: Criminal and family lawyers who question children in court, in particular in sexual violence cases.

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