Youth Evidence

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 an ordeal.

Measure available

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 later date.

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.