Protection of Victims in Criminal Proceedings with Emphasis on Child Victims of Sexually Motivated Crimes

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  • Source Type: Journal
  • Document Type: Study
  • Document Language: Slovak
  • Published on: 31. 3. 2020
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Eva Szabová

In: Societas et iurisprudentia • 2020 • Volume 8 • Issue 1 • Pages 98-108 • ISSN 1339-5467

Abstract: The paper deals with the issue of protection of victims of sexually motivated crimes, namely the most vulnerable victims who are, undoubtedly, minors. The present paper pays attention to the situation in which such a victim of crime is the only or the key witness in the criminal proceedings. Particular emphasis is placed on the need to respect the right to be heard. In this context, the paper seeks to point out the contradiction that may inevitably arise between the need to protect the rights of particularly vulnerable victims on the one hand and the need to respect the right to cross-examine the witness belonging to the accused person. The paper tries to point out the problems and controversial issues that arise in the above-mentioned context, while trying to solve them by analysing the relevant decisions of the Slovak and foreign judicial authorities.

Key Words: Criminal Law; Contradictory Principle; Interrogation of Witness; Vulnerable Victims; Video-recording of Interrogation; Non-contradictory Testimony of Witness; Terrorism; Minor Witness; the Slovak Republic.



Bibliographic Citation

SZABOVÁ, E. Ochrana obetí v trestnom konaní s dôrazom na detské obete sexuálne motivovaných trestných činov. Societas et iurisprudentia [online]. 2020, vol. 8, no. 1, pp. 98-108 [cit. 2020-01-01]. ISSN 1339-5467. Available at: