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Article Title

Trial HB 804

Document Type

Peach Sheet

Abstract

The Act allows a court to order a child witness or victim of certain offenses under the age of seventeen to testify outside the physical presence of the accused provided the court finds the child is likely to suffer serious psychological or emotional distress or trauma that impairs the child’s ability to communicate. The Act also lists considerations for the judge to take into account when making this determination. It further provides what shall be included in the court’s order, as well as the method of such testimony.

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