18: Court Proceedings: Giving Evidence
18.1.1 The courts play an important role in the multiagency child protection process. This includes making decisions on protecting the welfare of children through the family courts and prosecuting those accused of harming children through the criminal courts. The responsibility for making decisions in both situations lies within the legal process. The courts are dependent on the evidence presented to them. Neither judges, nor advocates, nor the jury in criminal cases will, be experts in all matters presented to them. They are therefore dependent on the assistance of those who, by qualification, training and experience, are experts in their own field.
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