The Use of Support Dogs in Canada and the US: Ensuring a Full and Candid Testimonial Account

10 Pages Posted: 3 Apr 2017 Last revised: 16 Jul 2017

Helena Gluzman

Independent

Date Written: July 14, 2017

Abstract

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

Suggested Citation

Gluzman, Helena, The Use of Support Dogs in Canada and the US: Ensuring a Full and Candid Testimonial Account (July 14, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2943614 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2943614

Helena Gluzman (Contact Author)

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