Interviewing witnesses: do investigative and evidential requirements concur?

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Title Interviewing witnesses: do investigative and evidential requirements concur?
Author Westera, Nina Jo; Kebbell, Mark Rhys; Milne, Becky
Journal Name British Journal of Forensic Practice
Year Published 2011
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Pier Professional Ltd.
Abstract Purpose – Legislation in many developed nations allows for the video-recorded interview of a witness made during the investigation to be used as his or her evidence-in-chief at trial. The purpose of this paper is to discuss the challenges for the criminal justice system of trying to make one interview meet both investigative and evidential purposes. Design/methodology/approach – Advances in effective police interviewing strategies are outlined and evaluated with regards the implications of presenting evidence elicited in this manner in court. Findings – As with any significant change, the move towards this method of evidence presents challenges. However, using this video record as evidence will ensure that the best evidence is preserved and the jury has access to a transparent record that is more accurate and complete than previously experienced. Originality/value – The paper acknowledges that concerns over any extra time taken by using video recording must be taken into account, but also balanced against the likely long-term benefits, not only in fairness to the proceedings but also by easing the process for victims and witnesses.
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Copyright Statement Copyright 2011 Emerald. This is the author-manuscript version of this paper. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 13
Issue Number 2
Page from 103
Page to 113
ISSN 1463-6646
Date Accessioned 2011-11-17
Language en_US
Research Centre ARC Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security
Faculty Arts, Education and Law
Subject Criminal Law and Procedure; Forensic Psychology
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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