Children in court - Part 2

Appendix II

These figures contrast results for children giving evidence in sexual and non-sexual cases.

Analysis of charges (by number of children)

Original Charges 1994 1995
Sexual 314 359
Other charges 139 173
Non-Specific 8 7
No of Children 461 539

Analysis by age

Age Sexual Charges Other Charges
1994 1995 1994 1995
4 - 10 74 76 8 17
11 - 13 97 122 30 42
14 - 17 143 161 99 114
(Total no of children) 314 359 139 173

Analysis by gender

Gender Sexual Charges Other Charges
1994 1995 1994 1995
Male 64 184 75 101
Female 250 269 63 63
Not recorded 0 6 1 9
(Total no of children) 314 359 139 173

Analysis by whether or not the child received a pre-trial visit

Pre-trial visit received Sexual Charges Other Charges
1994 1995 1994 1995
Yes 219 269 26 61
No 92 80 111 103
Not Known 3 10 2 9
Total no of children 314 359 139 173

Analysis by the method of recording the child's evidence

a. Statemented Evidence Sexual Charges Other Charges
1994 1995 1994 1995
Written statement made 105 97 121 152
......read by child at court N/Rec 86 N/Rec 136
.....not read by child at court N/Rec 3 N/Rec 10
.....N/K if statement read N/Rec 8 1 6

N/K = not known

b. Videotaped Evidence Sexual Charges Other Charges
1994 1995 1994 1995
Video made by Police 191 241 9 21
....... seen by child pre-trial 112 169 2 13
....... not seen by child pre-trial 57 29 5 5
....... transcript read N/Rec 4 0 1
N/K if video seen pre-trial 22 39 2 2
c. Video as evidence-in-chief Sexual Charges Other Charges
1994 1995 1994 1995
(No of videos made in total) 191 241 9 21
Video used as evidence-in-chief 108 133 2 11
Video not used as evidence-in-chief and .............. 72 97 5 10
a. where the child gave evidence live or ............ 40 31 0 0
b. where the child did not give evidence at all 32 61 5 10
Not known if video used 11 5 2 0
  Sexual Charges Other Charges
1994 1995 1994 1995
d. Recording method for child's evidence not known 18 21 9

Children Required as witnesses

Required as Witness Sexual Charges Other Charges
1994 1995 1994 1995
Yes 250(80%) 254(71%) 75(54%) 82(47%)
No 64(20%) 102(28%) 64(46%) 91(53%)
Not Known 0 3(1%) 0 0
(Total no of children) 314 359 139 173

Analysis by outcome of trial (1995 only)

Disposal of trial Total No of Trials
Sexual Other
1995 Only
Conviction 74 19
Acquittal 47 12
Trial Adjourned 16 18
Trial Collapsed 15 7
Guilty Plea 26 23
Not Known 10 10

Analysis by how long the child waited in the court building by number of children

a. Before either giving evidence or being released

Time waited Sexual Charges Other Charges
1994 1995 1994 1995
0 - 30 mins 34 12 2 1
½ - 1 hour 14 14 9 6
1 - 2 hours 41 62 24 21
2 - 4 hours 84 103 52 73
4 - 6 hours 52 70 26 35
Over 1 day 74 63 22 32
Not Known 9 33 4 5
Not called to court 6 2 0 0
Total Number of children 314 359 139 173

b. Total time spent in the building before being released. The child was either not required to give evidence or released after giving evidence

Duration Sexual Charges Other Charges
1994 1995 1994 1995
0 - 30 mins 2 2 1 0
½ - 1 hour 3 0 4 2
1 - 2 hours 19 25 23 12
2 - 4 hours 67 72 46 70
4 - 6 hours 91 138 28 41
Over 1 day 118 91 33 39
Not Known 8 29 4 9
Not called to give evidence 6 2 0 0
Total no children 314 359 139 173

Analysis by the status of the child

Status of child 1995 Only
Sexual Charges Other Charges
Victim/Witness 253 65
Other Prosecution Witness 92 104
Defence Witness 7 2
Not Known 7 2
(Total no of children) 359 173

© DD & JA lait & J Chandler 1996

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