Child Abuse Prosecution Legal & Trial Resources

The goal of this comprehensive resource is to provide relevant and current case support for child abuse prosecutors.  Resources include, but are not limited to, sample motions, briefs, jury questions, appellate briefs, jurisdiction-specific case law and other legal documents to enhance your practice.

In an effort to maintain confidentiality and allow for easier access by all, all documents are screened by an attorney with the Child Abuse Prosecution Project and stripped of all case-specific information.  

Because this database consists of documents provided by dedicated child abuse professionals, we ask that you consider contributing your resources to help other child abuse prosecutors in your state and around the country.  This database is only as strong as the contributions that we receive, so we thank you in advance for your assistance.

To contribute to this database, please send your submissions to aimee.peterson@apainc.org, with the subject line reading Database Submission.  Again, we thank you for your continued efforts to fight child abuse by assisting each other.  If we don’t work together, child abuse can last a lifetime.

Course Details

Motions Practice-Pre Trial Motions & Responses
Brief in Support of Admissibility of DNA Evidence
Brief in Support of State's Motion to Exclude Defense Expert
Brief Opposing Taint Hearing
Child Hearsay Notice
Comprehensive Trial Brief - Various Issues
Constitutionality of Statute Extending Statute of Limitations for DNA Cases
DNA Chain of Custody Brief
Memorandum in Opposition to Defendant's Motion for Psychological Evaluation of Victim
Memorandum in Support of Age Appropriate Questions and Support Persons in Courtroom
Memorandum in Support of Age Appropriate Questions
Memorandum in Support of Bindover
Memorandum in Support of Compelled Blood Test for HIV
MEMORANDUM IN SUPPORT OF MOTION TO ALLOW TESTIMONY VIA VIDEO
Memorandum in Support of Precluding Competency Inquiry and Foregoing Oath
MOTION FOR AGE APPROPRIATE QUESTIONS
MOTION FOR SPECIAL PROCEDURES DURING CHILD TESTIMONY
MOTION IN LIMINE REGARDING PRIOR ACCUSATIONS BY VICTIM
Motion to Allow Child Witnesses to Testify via Videotape
Motion to Allow Parents in Courtroom as Support Person
MOTION TO ALLOW THE VICTIM TO BE EXAMINED IN FRONT OF JURY BOX
MOTION TO AMEND INFORMATION
Motion to Consolidate Multiple Cases for Trial
Motion to Exclude Canine DNA
Motion to Exclude Testimony of Defense Expert on Issues of Memory and Suggestibility
MOTION TO PRECLUDE COMPETENCY INQUIRY AND ADMINISTER OATH
MOTION TO PRECLUDE EVIDENCE OF PAST SEXUAL BEHAVIOR OF VICTIM
Motion to Preclude Past Sexual Behavior of Victim Pursuant to Rape Shield
Motion to Restrict Somebody Else Did It Defense without Proper Showing and Rape Shield Motion
Objection to Defendant's Motion for Psychological Evaluation of Victim
Objection to Defendant's Motion to Reconsider Psychological Evaluation of Victim
Opposition Brief to Defendants Rape Shield Motion
Opposition Brief to Defendants Rape Shield Motion
Opposition to Defense Motion to Exclude Testimony of Child Victim
Opposition to Defense Motion to Quash Bindover
Response to Defendants Motion to Elect
Rule 702 Response Brief Abusive Head Trauma
State's Motion to Compel Test for Gonorrhea
State's Notice of Intent to Introduce Prior Consistent Statements
State's Notice of Intent to Use Learned Treatises
State's Response to Defendant's Motion to Dismiss Charges Based on Lack of Specificity
State's Response to Defendant's Request for a Bill of Particulars
State's Response to Defense Motion to Dismiss John Doe DNA Warrant
State's Trial Brief Assorted Issues
Support Brief in Opposition to Motion to Dismiss Charges Based on Lack of Specificity
Trial Brief - Assorted Issues
Trial-Sample Witness Questions
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