Practice and Procedure

R v B (2010)

PUBLISHED January 21, 2010

[2010] EWCA Crim 4

The provisions of the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999 s.53 regarding the competence of witnesses to give evidence were clear and unequivocal and did not require reinterpretation, and a judge had been entitled to conclude that the competence of a four year old child to give evidence in relation to an allegation of rape had been established.

CA (Crim Div) (Lord Judge LCJ, Hallett LJ, Macur J)