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Bench Book on Judicial Considerations for Creating Child-Friendly Courtrooms Is Now Available

Children's Advocacy Centers of Texas, in collaboration with the Texas Supreme Court's Permanent Judicial Commission for Children, Youth and Families, the Children's Justice Act Project, and the Texas Center for the Judiciary, has developed a Bench Book focusing on judicial considerations for creating child-friendly courtrooms. Recognizing that the judicial process and courtroom design present difficulties for child witnesses, this Bench Book discusses ways to facilitate child testimony and decrease the psychological trauma associated with court involvement for children. The Bench Book includes relevant case law and practical recommendations for judges and attorneys. The considerations provided are valuable ways to move towards child-friendly courtrooms that recognize the specific physical, developmental, and emotional needs of children while preserving the integrity of the judicial process. Click here to view the Bench Book.


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