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Support dog trial for OPP witnesses

Support dog trial for OPP witnesses

By Karin Derkley

Access to Justice Courts Criminal Procedure Evidence Justice 

Coop, the witness support dog that featured in the December issue of the Law Institute Journal, has been taken on in a pilot program by the Office of Public Prosecutions (OPP). The three-year-old black Labrador has been sitting in with sexual offences case witnesses as they give evidence at the remote witness facility at the Office. Solicitor of Public Prosecutions John Cain says the OPP took on Coop on a trial basis to help make it easier for witnesses to give evidence, and also to improve court processes.

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