2010 Pennsylvania Code
Title 42 - JUDICIARY AND JUDICIAL PROCEDURE
Chapter 59 - Depositions and Witnesses
5981 - Declaration of policy.
SUBCHAPTER D CHILD VICTIMS AND WITNESSES Sec. 5981. Declaration of policy. 5982. Definitions. 5983. Rights and services. 5984. Videotaped depositions (Repealed). 5984.1. Recorded testimony. 5985. Testimony by contemporaneous alternative method. 5985.1. Admissibility of certain statements. 5986. Hearsay. 5987. Use of dolls. 5988. Victims of sexual or physical abuse. Enactment. Subchapter D was added February 21, 1986, P.L.41, No.14, effective in 60 days. § 5981. Declaration of policy. In order to promote the best interests of the children of this Commonwealth, especially those children who are material witnesses to or victims of crimes, the General Assembly declares its intent, in this subchapter, to provide these children, where necessity is shown, procedures which will protect them during their involvement with the criminal justice system. The General Assembly urges the news media to use significant restraint and caution in revealing the identity or address of children who are victims of or witnesses to crimes or other information that would reveal the name or address of the child victim or witness. (Dec. 18, 1996, P.L.1077, No.161, eff. 60 days; Oct. 17, 2002, P.L.880, No.127, eff. 60 days; July 15, 2004, P.L.736, No.87, eff. imd.)
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