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It is fairly rare a 9 year old will be allowed to testify in open court. In order to accept the child's testimony, the court has to find the child is of sufficient educational and emotional maturity to understand the nature of the action and consequences of their testimony. Generally, this does not happen until about 12-15 years of age in most cases. However, the court CAN interview the child in chambers (in camera) to ask questions, but most courts will not put a 9 year old through the trauma of going on the stand in open court.
In an in camera interview, it is usually the judge and the child and court reporter and most times the attorneys. The reason for this is to remove the pressure on the child of having to face either parent while testifying.
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