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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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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.
`This revealing book is compulsory reading for every criminal practitioner. It gives an invaluable insight into the complex range of forces which may influences, shape and distort witness testimony'
Roger Ede, Secretary to the Criminal Law Committee, The Law Society
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Book Description Blackstone Press, 2002. Paperback. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P111854317318