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The British Journal of Forensic Practice

ISSN: 1463-6646
Currently published as: Journal of Forensic Practice

Online from: 1999

Subject Area: Health and Social Care

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Interviewing witnesses: do investigative and evidential requirements concur?

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Title:Interviewing witnesses: do investigative and evidential requirements concur?
Author(s):Nina J. Westera, (ARC Centre of Excellence Policing and Security, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia and is Serving Officer in the New Zealand Police), Mark R. Kebbell, (ARC Centre of Excellence Policing and Security, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia), Becky Milne, (Reader in Forensic Psychology at the Centre of Forensic Interviewing, Institute of Criminal Justice Studies, University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, UK)
Citation:Nina J. Westera, Mark R. Kebbell, Becky Milne, (2011) "Interviewing witnesses: do investigative and evidential requirements concur?", The British Journal of Forensic Practice, Vol. 13 Iss: 2, pp.103 - 113
Keywords:Evidence, Interviews, Police, Video, Witnesses
Article type:Research paper
DOI:10.1108/14636641111134341 (Permanent URL)
Publisher:Emerald Group Publishing Limited
Acknowledgements:The views expressed in this paper are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent those of the New Zealand Police.

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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