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Letters Expert witnesses

Hearings in camera are bad public policy

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 10 August 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c4294
  1. Peter J Stephens, consultant in forensic pathology1
  1. 1Burnsville, NC 28714, USA
  1. pjstephens{at}

    The suggestion that witnesses in child protection proceedings should be heard in camera is dismaying.1 Traditionally, anonymity for witnesses has been reserved for very few cases such as official secrets, when the lives of police officers and their families may be threatened, and when the safety of rape victims is threatened. None of these situations applies to child protection …

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