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What are the methods children of age 5 are allowed to testify

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What are the methods children of age 9 are allowed to testify in a court case?


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Good evening. I'll be glad to assist you with your question.

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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.

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Usually, that is because the child, for one reason for another, the child will be intimidated in the courtroom and unable to answer questions.

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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.

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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.

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Lastly, the judge has the option of clearing the courtroom under extraordinary circumstances.

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