What are the methods children of age 9 are allowed to testify in a court case?
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There are several ways in which a very young minor, like a 5 year old, can testify in a court case, but first you will have to demonstrate a need and a reason the child cannot testify normally.
Usually, that is because the child, for one reason for another, the child will be intimidated in the courtroom and unable to answer questions.
If you can demonstrate a need, the judge can authorize testimony via closed circuit television, where the child is in a more comfortable room, but the judge can (and jury, if there is one) can still see them.
Another option is for the parties to tape a deposition and agree to allow that to be admitted as evidence and played to the judge.
Lastly, the judge has the option of clearing the courtroom under extraordinary circumstances.
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