HB 1389 Child victims; closed-circuit testimony.
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Summary:
Child victims; closed-circuit testimony. Mandates the use of closed-circuit testimony of a child 12 or under upon certain findings by the court. Previously, use of closed-circuit testimony was permissive upon similar findings. The findings are modified to (i) eliminate the child's refusal to testify as a condition justifying its use, (ii) specify that the emotional trauma which may be suffered by the child if he testifies in open court need not be "severe," (iii) include as a factor the possibility that the child's testimony would be altered due to intimidation if the defendant were present and (iv) allow the court to order closed-circuit testimony if "warranted by the circumstances" absent a finding of any of the other conditions. Use of closed-circuit testimony for children over 12 is made discretionary.

Full text:
01/25/94  House: Presented and ordered printed  pdf

Status:
01/25/94  House: Presented and ordered printed
01/25/94  House: Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/07/94  House: Assigned to C. J. sub-committee: 1
02/15/94  House: Continued to 1995 in Courts of Justice (22-Y 0-N)
12/08/94  House: Stricken from docket by C. J. (21-Y 0-N)