Digital copy of a Letter from [Anton Skinner], Children's Officer to Philip Bailhache, Attorney General concerning the evidence of children in child abuse cases. Copy sent to Advocate S Nicolle (Crown Offices). [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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December 11th 1990 - December 11th 1990

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Refers to a letter from the Chairman of the Probation Committee making certain recommendations concerning the evidence of children in abuse cases. Provides details about the background to the letter and recommendations made therein, referring to discussion about the use of video-link in court proceedings involving the evidence of children in cases of alleged child sexual abuse and associated problems experienced by the Child Protection Team. Refers to a letter by John Coutanche, commenting on issues raised therein regarding the circumstances under which children give evidence and the rules of evidence. Comments on the status of corroborative evidence, particularly the issue of the admissibility of video tapes containing disclosures of alleged abuse as evidence in criminal proceedings. Describes present rules on the matter, referring to issue regarding the welfare of the child.


Adamson, Jim, Detective Sergeant
Bailhache, Sir Philip
Coutanche, John
Nicolle, Stéphanie
Pigott, Thomas
Skinner, Anton
Attorney General
Child Protection Team
Children's Office
Children's Service
Education Committee
Probation Committee


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