The research, to be published in next month's Alberta Law Review, has important implications for educating child-protection professionals, including judges.
The findings are based on two related studies that merge traditional legal scholarship on children's truth telling, and a national survey of child-protection professionals that assesses perceptions of child witnesses and truth telling, with judges' responses to mock interviews.
"Assessing the credibility of witnesses – deciding how much to rely on their testimony – is central to the trial process," says Bala. "The assessment of credibility is an inherently human and imprecise enterprise. ''
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