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

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ISBN13: 9781854317315
ISBN: 1854317318
Published: March 1999
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: Out of print

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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Evidence, Advocacy
Human Memory in the Real World
Contamination of Witness Memory
The Influence of Drugs on Testimony
The Frailty of Children's Testimony
Testimony from Persons with Mental Disorders
Witness Testimony in Sleep and Dream-related Contexts
Physical Illness and their Potential Influence
Complaints of Sexual Misconduct
Full and Faithful: Ensuring Quality Practice and Integrity of Outcome in Witness Interviews
Obtaining Detailed Testimony: The Cognitive Interview

Induced Testimony

Identification Parades: Psychological and Practical Realities
Earwitness Testimony
Getting Heads Together: Police Collaborative Testimony
Recording Witness Statements
The Influence of Witness Appearance and Demeanour on Witness Credibility
Identifying Anomaly in Evidential Text

Admissibility of Expert Psychological and Psychiatric Testimony

Problematic Testimony.