The Use of Support Dogs in Canada and the US: Ensuring a Full and Candid Testimonial Account
(2017), 38 C.R. (7th) 305
10 Pages Posted: 3 Apr 2017 Last revised: 28 Oct 2017
Date Written: July 14, 2017
Testimony in criminal proceedings is inherently stressful; that stress can impede a witness’ ability to reliably recount a difficult event to a judge or jury. By being present during witness preparation meetings and, more importantly, during witness testimony, an accredited support dog can assist vulnerable victims and witnesses in providing a full and candid account of their evidence in a calm and concise manner. The presence of the support dog can assist the prosecution in putting forward the best evidence and likewise assist the trier of fact in reaching a just verdict.
Keywords: Support dog, comfort dog, assistance dog, testimonial aid, testimonial support
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