In the presented study, Dr. Grzegorz Skrootowicz describes the statutory changes that took place in 1988, 1993 and 1998 (and subsequent amendments from 2005), which constituted a legislative reform in Canada regarding the provisions of the Criminal Code and the Evidence Act. They were intended to regulate issues related to making it easier for children to appear in court and testify in criminal cases. The aim of all legislative changes was to make it easier for specific groups of people to take part in the criminal process and thus to effectively administer criminal justice.
The author emphasizes that Canadian law has recognized that cases involving particularly vulnerable victims and witnesses involve complex issues should be identified at the earliest stages of criminal proceedings. It is important to spread a protective umbrella over these people, support them and provide all possible facilities to enable them to participate in the criminal trial after giving their testimony.