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  491.699.  Juvenile court hearings — court may order video recording of alleged child victim, when — procedure — cross-examination — counsel appointed for perpetrator, when. — 1.  Upon the motion of the juvenile officer, the court may order that an in-camera videotaped recording of the testimony of the alleged child victim be made for use as substantive evidence at a juvenile court hearing held pursuant to the provisions of chapter 211.  The provisions of section 491.075 relating to the admissibility of statements made by a child under the age of twelve shall apply to proceedings in juvenile court.

  2.  In determining whether or not to allow such motion, the court shall consider the elements of the offense charged and the emotional or psychological trauma to the child if required to testify in open court or to be brought into the personal presence of the alleged perpetrator.  Such recording shall be retained by the juvenile officer and shall be admissible in lieu of the child's personal appearance and testimony at juvenile court hearings.  A transcript of such testimony shall be made as soon as possible after the completion of such deposition and shall be provided to all parties to the action.

  3.  The court shall preside over the depositions, which shall be conducted in accordance with the rules of evidence applicable to civil cases.

  4.  In any prosecution under either subdivision (2) or (3) of subsection 1 of section 211.031, the attorney for the alleged perpetrator shall have at least two opportunities to cross-examine the deposed alleged child victim.

  5.  Prior to the taking of the deposition which is to be used as substantive evidence at the hearing pursuant to sections 491.696 to 491.705, the attorney for any party to the action shall be provided with such discoverable materials and information as the court may, on motion, direct; shall be afforded a reasonable time to examine such materials; and shall be permitted to cross-examine the child during the deposition.

  6.  In any prosecution under either subdivision (2) or (3) of subsection 1 of section 211.031, if the alleged perpetrator is not represented by counsel and if, upon inquiry, it appears to the court that he or she will be unable to obtain counsel within a reasonable period of time, the court shall appoint the public defender or other counsel to represent the alleged perpetrator at the deposition.


(L. 1987 H.B. 598)

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