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PART 35. Child Witnesses
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35.1 Development of methods to reduce trauma to child witnesses
35.2 Training and ed. programs concerning treat. of child witnesses

Section 35.1 Development of methods to reduce trauma to child witnesses.

The Chief Administrator of the Courts shall consult with individuals, agencies and groups concerned with child psychology and child welfare and, based upon that consultation, shall develop and implement methods and techniques designed to reduce significantly the trauma to child witnesses likely to be caused by testifying in court proceedings. The Chief Administrator shall periodically review such methods and techniques to ensure their continuing effectiveness.

Historical Note
Sec. filed Oct. 28, 1980; renum. 32.1, filed Feb. 2, 1982; new filed Oct. 29, 1985 eff. Oct. 9, 1985.

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  Section 35.2 Training and education programs concerning treatment of child witnesses.

The Chief Administrator of the Courts shall include, as appropriate, in education and training programs offered to judges and nonjudicial personnel, programs concerning the social and psychological stages of child development to ensure that, where appropriate, courtroom procedures, including the questioning and treatment of a child witness by the parties, are adopted or modified to protect the child from emotional or psychological harm.

Historical Note
Sec. filed Oct. 28, 1980; renum. 32.2, filed Feb. 2, 1982; new filed Oct. 29, 1985 eff. Oct. 9, 1985.