Casey, Rachel (2007) 'The Evidence of Child Witnesses - Where Rules of Evidence and the Constitution Collide' Ph.D. Thesis. Trinity College Dublin
This thesis explores the development and reform of particular aspects of the law of evidence
relating to child witnesses as informed by the changing orthodoxy advanced by psychologists
- and adopted by the law - regarding, in particular, the capabilities and reliability of children
as witnesses. Three principal areas of the law of evidence relating to children are scrutinised,
namely: (i) the competence of children as witnesses; (ii) the corroboration requirements
attaching to the evidence of children; and (iii) the examination of child witnesses and the
statutory ’special measures’ designed to facilitate the reception of evidence from such
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