What is the effect of having a minor witness accompanied on the witness during testimony?

California, United States of America


The following excerpt is from People v. Adams, 19 Cal.App.4th 412, 23 Cal.Rptr.2d 512 (Cal. App. 1993):

The purpose of the special procedure authorized by Section 868.5 has always been to "minimiz[e] the trauma" to witnesses. (People v. Kabonic, supra, 177 Cal.App.3d at p. 495, 223 Cal.Rptr. 41.) In light of the valid State concern for minor witnesses, it is much less intrusive on the jury's ability to observe the [19 Cal.App.4th 443] witness's demeanor to have the witness accompanied at the stand than to have him or her testify via closed circuit television or some other means.

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