Digital copy of a Letter from Anton Skinner, Children's Officer to Sir Peter Crill, Bailiff of Jersey responding to concerns about recent discussions surrounding the legal status of the evidence of children of tender years. Copies sent to Mr P Bailhache (Attorney General) and Advocate S Nicolle (Legal Adviser). [Some details redacted]. For Sir Philip Bailhache's Witness Statement to the Inquiry dated 22 January 2016, see C/D/AW4/B2/24/WS000699.

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April 4th 1991 - April 4th 1991

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Refers to a letter dated 14 March [1991] from Sir Peter Crill to the Director of Education detailing concerns about recent discussions surrounding the legal status of the evidence of children of tender years. Includes comments about the admission of uncorroborated evidence of young children in criminal proceedings, referring to action by English and Welsh authorities to abolish rules preventing evidence of child witnesses being put to a jury in the same way as older witnesses. Describes urgent need to review the process surrounding young children giving evidence, noting impact of current restrictions on numerous prosecution cases. Includes suggestions regarding action to be taken and includinges comments about the Child Protection Team not being able to protect the interest of children in the matter of child abuse and child sexual abuse given the existing provisions under the law.


Bailhache, Sir Philip
Crill, Sir Peter
Nicolle, Stéphanie
Skinner, Anton
Attorney General
Bailiff of Jersey
Child Protection Team
Children's Office
Children's Service
Education Committee
Education Department
Magistrate's Court


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