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Witness Testimony


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Foreword Preface Introduction Section 1: Psychological Perspectives 1: Elizabeth F. Loftus, David Wolchover and Douglas Page: General Review of the Psychology of Witness Testimony 2: Aldert Vrij: Detecting Deception in Legal Contexts 3: Glynis H. Murphy and Isabel C.H. Clare: The Effect of Learning Disabilities on Witness Testimony 4: Gisli H. Gudjonsson: The Psychological Vulnerabilities of Witnesses and The Risk of False Accusations and False Confessions 5: H. Valerie Curran: Effects of Drugs on Witness Memory 6: Chris R. Brewin: Recovered Memory and False Memory 7: Sven A. Christianson, Harald Merckelbach and Michael Kopelman: Crime Related Amnesia Section 2: Investigative Perspectives 8: Eric Shepherd and Rebecca Milne: 'Have you told Management about this?': Bringing Witness Interviewing into the 21st Century 9: Graham Davies and Helen Westcott: Investigative Interviewing with Children: Progress and Pitfalls 10: Anthony Heaton-Armstrong, David Wolchover and Annabel Maxwell-Scott: Obtaining, Recording and Admissibility of Out-of-Court Witness Statements 11: David Wolchover and Anthony Heaton-Armstrong: Oral Confessions to Non-Investigator Witnesses 12: Ann Corsellis and Amanda Clement: Interpreters and Translators in The Criminal Legal Process 13: Jim Kyle: Witnesses who use British Sign Language 14: Peter French and Philip Harrison: Investigative and Evidential Applications of Forensic Speech Science 15: Tim Grant: Identifying the Origins of Evidential Texts Section 3: Evidential Perspectives 16: Tim Valentine: Forensic Facial Identification 17: David Wolchover and Anthony Heaton-Armstrong: Improving Visual Identification Procedures under PACE Code D 18: Tom Bingham: Assessing Contentious Eyewitness Evidence: A Judicial View 19: 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 Considerations 21: Anthony Heaton-Armstrong, David Corker and David Wolchover: Disclosure of Unused Material by Prosecution Authorities and Third Parties 22: David Ormerod and Andrew Roberts: The Admissibility of Expert Evidence 25: William Young and Sam Katkhuda: Judicial Training

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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 Press, 1999) with Eric Shepherd and David Wolchover. He has liaised extensively with the Home Office and Police bodies on the PACE Codes of Practice and disclosure of evidence in criminal cases. He was a member of an independent review body appointed by the Home Secretary to report on reforms to the death certification and coronial inquest systems in the wake of the Shipman killings and other disasters involving multiple deaths. A former intelligence officer and academic, Eric Shepherd is a chartered forensic psychologist and chartered counselling psychologist who specialises in developing individuals' skills in investigating, interviewing, and analysing evidence. He has worked in the criminal justice system for some 25 years, instructed by the defence and the prosecution, as well as the Serious Fraud Office, Criminal Cases Review Commission, the Police Complaints Authority, and a number of official inquiries. Throughout this entire period he has been a consultant and trainer to the police service. Gisli Gudjonsson is a Professor of Forensic Psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College, London, and Head of the Forensic Psychology Services in South Southwark, London. He is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and has published extensively in the areas of forensic psychology, including violence, psychological vulnerability, false confession, police interviewing, and recovered memories. He pioneered the empirical measurement of suggestibility and provided expert evaluation in a number of high profile cases, including those of; the Guildford Four; the Birmingham Six; the Tottenham Three; the Cardiff Three; Jill Dando murder case; Kenneth Erskine (the 'Stockwell strangler'); Derek Bentley; the UDR Four; and 'IRA general murders' cases (both in Northern Ireland). He acts as a consultant on cases both for prosecution and defence. David Wolchover was called to the Bar in 1971 and has practised criminal law ever since, being currently Head of Chambers at 7 Bell Yard. He has published numerous articles on evidence and procedure in criminal cases (usually with Anthony Heaton-Armstrong), as well as several books in the field including Analysing Witness Testimony: A Guide for Legal Practitioners and Other Professionals (Blackstone Press, 1999), and Bail in Criminal Proceedings (jointly with Neil Corre, third edition OUP 2004). He was previously instrumental, with Anthony Heaton-Armstrong, in persuading the Home Office to concede various significant changes in PACE Code C.


'I can think of no other book like it in terms of accessibility, breadth, relevance and perhpas most importantly ethos - to achieve truth.' ( John Cooper, Barrister, New Law Journal, 2008) 'This is a book great value and interest to anyone engaged in the practice or study of the law.' ( Justice of the Peace, October 2007) 'This highly original and relevant work signposts the way forward in the examination of witnesses. The area of how we should treat live evidence is a prominent and growing area of concern, and the publication of the book is both timely and essential. The empasis of the work is upon the victim. Indeed, the textbook is dedicated to "victims, whether of crime or miscarriage of justice". ( Criminal Bar Quarterly, April 2007) This Book is a worthwhile investment for investigation managers, those responsible for developing and delivering witness interview training and for investigators committed to professionalism'( Dr Harfield of the John Grieve Centre, 12 January 2007)

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