2010 Pennsylvania Code
Chapter 59 - Depositions and Witnesses
5981 - Declaration of policy.

                               SUBCHAPTER D
                       CHILD VICTIMS AND WITNESSES

     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  Videotaped depositions (Repealed).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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