Analysing Witness Testimony: A Guide for Legal Practitioners and Other Professionals

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Blackstone, 1999 - Law - 360 pages
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The consideration of witness testimony had traditionally been a task left to fact-finders with scant guidance from legal professionals. As a result, various practices have developed during the investigative and trial process which can obscure or even eradicate critical material. Miscarriages of justice will continue to occur, so long as those working within the justice system continue to accept witnesses and their testimony at face value.
This book aims to make practitioners, as well as the fact-finders and those who guide them, aware of a wide range of perspectives on witness testimony. Each contributor identifies bad practice and puts forward ideas for improvement or removal of previously acceptable investigative and forensic methods.
 

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Contents

Psychological perspectives
1
Graham Davies
19
Malcolm Lader
31
drugs 3 8 Druginduced states which can affect testimony 3 9 Practical
44
Anna Mortimer and
46
Janet Boakes
108
Investigative perspectives
122
the cognitive interview
146
police collaborative testimony
207
Anthony HeatonArmstrong
222
identification cases 15 7 First reports of crime 15 8 The solution
235
Collaborative noting by the police 15 12 Potential impact on trial pro
244
Summary
251
Eric Shepherd and
267
in evidential text 17 4 Methods for identifying anomaly in evidential text
292
The Admissibility of expert psychological and psychiatric
321

forward
156
Graham F Wagstaff
162
psychological and practical realities
178
Ray Bull and Brian Clifford
194
Anthony HeatonArmstrong
335
Index
345
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Anthony Heaton-Armstrong and David Wolchover are both practising barristers with over 20 years experience of advocacy in the criminal courts. They are joint authors of Confession Evidence. Eric Shepherd is a practising forensic psychologist with 30 years experience. He is the author of the core texts in the Law Society's Police Station Skills for Legal Advisors and Active Defence.

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