New moves to protect vulnerable witnesses.A SENIOR high court judge has welcomed new provisions, which come into effect today, to help protect vulnerable witnesses in court.
Mr Justice Richards Rich·ards , Dickinson Woodruff 1895-1973.
American physician. He shared a 1956 Nobel Prize for developing cardiac catheterization. , currently sitting at Mold Crown Court where he is conducting the ``teenage vampire'' murder trial, said that the new provisions were to be welcomed as a further step to protect vulnerable and intimidated in·tim·i·date
tr.v. in·tim·i·dat·ed, in·tim·i·dat·ing, in·tim·i·dates
1. To make timid; fill with fear.
2. To coerce or inhibit by or as if by threats. people when giving evidence in court.
It would further promote the effective administration of justice, he said.
The Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act was intended to help vulnerable or intimidated witnesses to give evidence in criminal proceedings.
Various physical measures were planned to reduce the stress of giving evidence, including, where appropriate, the use of screens to shield witnesses from the defendant; the giving of evidence by means of a live television link and the use of pre-recorded videos to give evidence in chief.
That would be an extension of the arrangements already applied successfully in the crown court in relation to the evidence of children.
There would also be additional restrictions in crossexamining people by defendants who represented themselves.
``Although there is a phased implementation of some of these measures, today marks an important starting point Noun 1. starting point - earliest limiting point
terminus a quo
commencement, get-go, offset, outset, showtime, starting time, beginning, start, kickoff, first - the time at which something is supposed to begin; "they got an early start"; "she knew from the ,'' he said.
``One can expect to see early and significant use of the live television link in the crown courts.''
Mr Justice Richards said that he knew that the resident judge in Mold, Judge John Rogers John Rogers may refer to: Europeans
``In his absence, I am pleased to perform that task myself,'' he said.