Uniform Child Witness Testimony by Alternative Methods Act Law and Legal Definition

Uniform Child Witness Testimony by Alternative Methods Act was promulgated by the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws in 2002. This act addresses procedural issues when children are witnesses, and provides methods of taking and preserving the testimony of children. It provides judges, administrative officers, and other presiding officers with a clear and legally sound means of protecting child witnesses from the emotional trauma associated with giving testimony, while at the same time protecting the 6th Amendment rights of defendants and respondents. It creates a sound procedural basis for the use of alternative methods of testimony, and clear standards for the use of these methods, without displacing an enacting state's existing mechanisms and means of addressing this issue.