Witness Testimony: Psychological, Investigative and Evidential Perspectives

Paperback | October 26, 2006

EditorAnthony Heaton-Armstrong, Eric Shepherd, Gisli Gudjonsson

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Testimonial evidence remains the greatest source of information available to those who try cases in court.Witness Testimony: Psychological, Investigative, and Evidential Perspectives provides a comprehensive and easily accessible guide to the decision-making and actions of the completespectrum of practitioner involvement in the criminal justice process, right from initial investigation through to court-room proceedings.It builds on the content and structure of its ground-breaking predecessor Analysing Witness Testimony: A Guide for Legal Practitioners and Other Professionals (Blackstone Press, March 1999), and consists of 25 chapters written by an expert author team of practitioner and academic lawyers, forensicpsychiatrists, and psychologists. The team is led by criminal evidence specialist barristers Anthony Heaton-Armstrong and David Wolchover, chartered forensic psychologist Dr Eric Shepherd, and Professor of Forensic Psychology, Gisli Gudjonnson.The book is logically divided into three sections, looking in turn at each of the three inter-related perspectives upon a witness' account; psychological, investigative, and evidential. Section One explains and examines psychological issues, including; witness memory; the effect of learningdisabilities; false allegations of sexual assault; and the effect of physical factors such as head injuries and drugs. Section Two covers the crucial investigative issues and concerns in respect of false allegations; the impact of investigative and questioning style upon children and vulnerablepersons; memory performace of witnesses; and linguistic interpretations. Section Three explores evidential issues such as; visual identification procedures; the status of witness demeanour; the reliability of oral evidence; the relevance of information technology to presentation of evidence;disclosure; the use of expert evidence; and judicial training. The book will therefore be indispensable to all those involved in the resolution of contentious or disputed evidence, including; members of the judiciary and legal practitioners; crime investigators; and forensic psychologists and psychiatrists.

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Testimonial evidence remains the greatest source of information available to those who try cases in court.Witness Testimony: Psychological, Investigative, and Evidential Perspectives provides a comprehensive and easily accessible guide to the decision-making and actions of the completespectrum of practitioner involvement in the crimin...

Anthony Heaton-Armstrong is a criminal barrister of over 30 years call, currently based at 9-12 Bell Yard Chambers. He has written numerous published articles on evidence in criminal cases (usually with David Wolchover), and co-edited Analysing Witness Testimony: A Guide for Legal Practitioners and Other Professionals (Blackstone Pres...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:496 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 1.06 inPublished:October 26, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ForewordPrefaceIntroductionSection 1: Psychological Perspectives1. Elizabeth F. Loftus, David Wolchover and Douglas Page: General Review of the Psychology of Witness Testimony2. Aldert Vrij: Detecting Deception in Legal Contexts3. Glynis H. Murphy and Isabel C.H. Clare: The Effect of Learning Disabilities on Witness Testimony4. Gisli H. Gudjonsson: The Psychological Vulnerabilities of Witnesses and The Risk of False Accusations and False Confessions5. H. Valerie Curran: Effects of Drugs on Witness Memory6. Chris R. Brewin: Recovered Memory and False Memory7. Sven A. Christianson, Harald Merckelbach and Michael Kopelman: Crime Related AmnesiaSection 2: Investigative Perspectives8. Eric Shepherd and Rebecca Milne: 'Have you told Management about this?': Bringing Witness Interviewing into the 21st Century9. Graham Davies and Helen Westcott: Investigative Interviewing with Children: Progress and Pitfalls10. Anthony Heaton-Armstrong, David Wolchover and Annabel Maxwell-Scott: Obtaining, Recording and Admissibility of Out-of-Court Witness Statements11. David Wolchover and Anthony Heaton-Armstrong: Oral Confessions to Non-Investigator Witnesses12. Ann Corsellis and Amanda Clement: Interpreters and Translators in The Criminal Legal Process13. Jim Kyle: Witnesses who use British Sign Language14. Peter French and Philip Harrison: Investigative and Evidential Applications of Forensic Speech Science15. Tim Grant: Identifying the Origins of Evidential TextsSection 3: Evidential Perspectives16. Tim Valentine: Forensic Facial Identification17. David Wolchover and Anthony Heaton-Armstrong: Improving Visual Identification Procedures under PACE Code D18. Tom Bingham: Assessing Contentious Eyewitness Evidence: A Judicial View19. Saul Kassin: Judging Eyewitnesses, Confessions, Informants and Alibis: What is Wrong with Juries and Can they do Better?20. Peter Dunn and Eric Shepherd: Oral Testimony from The Witness's Perspective - Psychological and Forensic Considerations21. Anthony Heaton-Armstrong, David Corker and David Wolchover: Disclosure of Unused Material by Prosecution Authorities and Third Parties22. David Ormerod and Andrew Roberts: The Admissibility of Expert Evidence25. William Young and Sam Katkhuda: Judicial Training

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