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B.J. Learns About Federal and Tribal Court: Instructors Guide

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Date Published
December 1996
12 pages
This instructor's guide accompanies a video designed to prepare Native American child victims and witnesses to testify in criminal courts.
The video answers questions often asked about the courtroom, courtroom procedures, and the people who participate in court proceedings. It is anticipated that by learning what to expect in a trial setting, children will become more confident, leading to the alleviation of many of their fears about testifying. This booklet offers suggestions to the instructor regarding what to do before showing the video to promote active learning, such as asking the child questions that will be answered in the video, telling the child what he/she will see in the video, giving the child a task to do that relates to the video, and allowing the child to ask questions about the video. After a summary description of the video's contents, the instructor is given suggestions for follow-up questions and activities. Suggestions for follow-up include visiting an empty courtroom with the child, debriefing the child after he/she testifies, and referring the child to treatment or community intervention when appropriate. 5 suggested readings

Date Published: December 1, 1996