Palgrave Histories of Policing, Punishment and Justice

Child Witnesses in Twentieth Century Australian Courtrooms

Authors: Blewer, Robyn

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  • Provides insights into improving criminal justice system processes for children 
  • Discusses the competing views on children as witnesses 
  • Examines the impact of individual practitioners on children’s interactions with the criminal justice system
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This book considers the law, policy and procedure for child witnesses in Australian criminal courts across the twentieth century. It uses the stories and experiences of over 200 children, in many cases using their own words from press reports, to highlight how the relevant law was – or was not - applied throughout this period. The law was sympathetic to the plight of child witnesses and exhibited a significant degree of pragmatism to receive the evidence of children but was equally fearful of innocent men being wrongly convicted. The book highlights the impact ‘safeguards’ like corroboration and closed court rules had on the outcome of many cases and the extent to which fear – of children, of lies (or the truth) and of reform – influenced the criminal justice process. Over a century of children giving evidence in court it is `clear that the more things changed, the more they stayed the same’.

About the authors

Robyn Blewer is Lecturer at the Griffith University Law School in Queensland, Australia, and the Director of the Griffith University Innocence Project. She holds a Master of Criminology and Criminal Justice and completed her doctoral thesis as a member of the Australian Research Council’s Laureate research project, ‘The Prosecution Project’.


Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Child Witnesses in Twentieth Century Australian Courtrooms
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Histories of Policing, Punishment and Justice
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-69791-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-69791-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-69790-7
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 261
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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