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This was a report published by the Parliamentary Office of Science and Technology (POST) and published on www.Parliment.co.cuk

Witness testimony is a written or oral statement given by an individual who has experienced an incident. It is collected during criminal investigations (including through investigative interviews, facial composites and identity parades). However, inaccurate witness testimony (such as the incorrect identification of a suspect) can lead to innocent people being wrongfully convicted. Wrongfully accused or convicted individuals are at risk of discrimination, relationship damage and poor mental health. Wrongful convictions are also costly, with a miscarriage of justice costing up to £1 million in compensation, and cause reputational damage to the police and legal system. Furthermore, the real perpetrators are not caught and may continue to harm society by committing further crime.

Subject

Eyewitness memory and testimony

Period18 Jul 2019

Media contributions

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Media contributions

  • TitleImproving Eyewitness Testimony
    Degree of recognitionNational
    Media name/outletUK Parliament (www.Parliament.co.uk)
    Media typeWeb
    Duration/Length/Size6 pages
    CountryUnited Kingdom
    Date18/07/19
    DescriptionWitness testimony is a written or oral statement given by an individual who has experienced an incident. It is collected during criminal investigations (including through investigative interviews, facial composites and identity parades). However, inaccurate witness testimony (such as the incorrect identification of a suspect) can lead to innocent people being wrongfully convicted. Wrongfully accused or convicted individuals are at risk of discrimination, relationship damage and poor mental health. Wrongful convictions are also costly, with a miscarriage of justice costing up to £1 million in compensation, and cause reputational damage to the police and legal system. Furthermore, the real perpetrators are not caught and may continue to harm society by committing further crime.
    Producer/AuthorHouses of Parliament
    URLhttps://researchbriefings.parliament.uk/ResearchBriefing/Summary/POST-PN-0607
    PersonsDara Mojtahedi