Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999
On 14 June 2002 legislation came into force where certain
categories of the public were able to make a statement to police by
way of a video interview which could subsequently be played in any
court proceedings. In addition to video interviews others have been
made available to make giving evidence in court proceedings less of
Video Interview: In most cases this would take
place at a police station in a specially prepared room. An officer
will explain the procedure and ask for an account of the incident.
The whole procedure will be recorded and played to the court at
Live Link: Is where you can either give your
evidence or counsel can ask you questions in relation to your
account of the incident. A separate room to the court will be set
aside for you to sit in and you will be able to see and hear the
person asking the questions. The court will be able to see and hear
everything you say and do via a video screen. This measure is
available if you make a video statement or a written statement.
Screen: Is where you give evidence in the
courtroom with a screen separating you from the offender.
Evidence in Private: Is where the public
gallery is cleared while you give evidence in the courtroom.
Wigs and Gowns Removal: Is where the Judge and
counsel remove their wigs and gowns.
Aids to Communicate: Is where a witness can
give evidence with assistance. An example of this would be a person
who used a Makaton Board to assist in communication (Makaton Boards
facilitate communication through the use of signs and symbols).
Do I have to be Video Interviewed?
No you do not. It is your choice to either make a video
statement or a written statement. In both cases other special
measures may be available to you.