Readership: Primary: The judiciary; criminal law practitioners; prosecution and investigative agencies; and forensic pyschiatrists and psychologists.
Secondary: Academics with an interest in the field.
Edited by Anthony Heaton-Armstrong, Barrister, 9-12 Bell Yard, Gray's Inn, Eric Shepherd, Chartered forensic psychologist and chartered counselling psychologist, Gisli Gudjonsson, Professor of Forensic Psychology at the University of London, and David Wolchover, Barrister, 7 Bell Yard
"'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,
"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)"
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