Witnesses in the special court for Sierra Leone: The importance of the witness–lawyer relationship

Horn, Rebecca and Charters, Simon and Vahidy, Saleem (2009) Witnesses in the special court for Sierra Leone: The importance of the witness–lawyer relationship. International Journal of Law, Crime and Justice, 37 (1-2). pp. 25-38. ISSN 17560616

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijlcj.2008.10.001


This study is concerned with the relationship between witnesses testifying in the Special Court for Sierra Leone and their legal teams. Other research conducted with witnesses in international war crimes tribunals suggests that this relationship has a significant impact on the experience of such witnesses. A structured interview was administered to 171 witnesses who had testified in the Special Court for Sierra Leone. Witnesses generally felt their lawyers' attitude towards them was extremely good. Emotional support and good preparation for testifying seem to be particularly important predictors of witnesses' relationship with their lawyers, as does the level of respect they felt they received from court staff. However, communication between witnesses and their legal teams after the testimony is over did not have a significant impact on witnesses' evaluations of their lawyers' attitude towards them.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: School of Health Sciences > The Institute for Global Health and Development
Date Deposited: 20 Dec 2009 14:42
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2017 15:38
URI: http://eresearch.qmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/1044


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