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Law Soc: Practice guides on cross-examination of child witnesses and cross-examination of complainants and victims of sexual offences

Law Society

Certain documents mentioned in this notice are accessible only by Law Society Members with their user ID and password via The Law Society of Singapore website.

Consultation on practice guides on cross-examination of child witnesses and cross-examination of complainants and victims of sexual offences 

1. Practice Guide on Cross-examination of Child Witnesses

2. Practice Guide on Cross-examination of Complainants and Victims of Sexual Offences

The Law Society is seeking feedback on the draft Practice Guides on the Cross-examination of Child Witnesses as well as the Cross-examination of Complainants and/or Victims of Sexual Offences. The cross-examination of a complainant or victim of a sexual offence, especially a child who may have been the victim of a sexual crime, is probably one of the most challenging courtroom situations a defence counsel will encounter. The objective of both Practice Guides is to provide counsels with practical tips, coupled with examples, to assist them in how they may wish to elicit responses from such vulnerable witnesses. Please click on the relevant links to the draft Practice Guides above for access.

The Law Society invites members to provide their feedback and views on the drafts by 13 November 2017. All views may be sent in electronic form to the following e-mail address sanjaykrishnan@lawsoc.org.sg