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A 13-year-old witness struggled to recall information in detail when cross-examined in court after waiting two years for the trial to begin, according to research commissioned by the NSPCC, which says child witnesses are being let down by the criminal justice system.

The children's charity says that reducing delay between reporting and trial is crucial to ensuring that children can provide the 'most complete and consistent testimony' as possible. However, its report, Falling Short?, published yesterday, highlights the impact of delays on young witnesses.


Full article: Law Society Gazette

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