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dc.contributor.authorKebbell, Mark R
dc.contributor.authorO'Kelly, Caitriona ME
dc.contributor.editorLawrence F Travis
dc.date.accessioned2017-05-03T12:00:07Z
dc.date.available2017-05-03T12:00:07Z
dc.date.issued2007
dc.date.modified2009-11-05T06:06:40Z
dc.identifier.issn1363-951X
dc.identifier.doi10.1108/13639510710725596
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10072/18928
dc.description.abstractPurpose - The aim of this paper is to review common methods used by English lawyers when questioning police witnesses, and to identify training issues for preparing officers for giving evidence in court. Design/methodology/approach - A questionnaire was administered to 48 police detectives concerning the last time they gave evidence in court, the types of questions they were asked during cross-examination, lawyers' tactics, and what they believed to be personal attacks. Findings - The findings indicated that detectives perceived they were questioned in a consistent manner, and asked questions that they felt at times were difficult to understand, difficult to answer, upsetting, and distorted their evidence. Nevertheless, they were generally satisfied with their experiences in court. Research limitations/implications - The current study in this paper uses self-report methodology that may be less objective than independent observation. A potentially fruitful avenue of research might be the study of court cases where police officers give evidence to measure the influence of lawyers' questions directly. Practical implications - The results indicate a number of training issues for preparing police officers to give evidence in court. Officers should be trained to deal with confusing or constraining questioning, and to thoroughly prepare. Officers should also be trained concerning how to deal with inconsistencies in evidence, mistakes, and having their character attacked. Originality/value - This is the first survey, to the authors' knowledge, of police officers' experiences of giving evidence in court and suggests some ways of improving the overall accuracy of police witnesses' accounts in court.
dc.description.peerreviewedYes
dc.description.publicationstatusYes
dc.languageEnglish
dc.language.isoeng
dc.publisherEmerald Group
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdom
dc.publisher.urihttp://www.emeraldinsight.com/info/journals/pijpsm/pijpsm.jsp
dc.relation.ispartofstudentpublicationN
dc.relation.ispartofpagefrom8
dc.relation.ispartofpageto20
dc.relation.ispartofissue1
dc.relation.ispartofjournalPolicing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management
dc.relation.ispartofvolume30
dc.rights.retentionY
dc.subject.fieldofresearchCriminology
dc.subject.fieldofresearchcode1602
dc.titlePolice detectives' perceptions of giving evidence in court
dc.typeJournal article
dc.type.descriptionC1 - Articles
dc.type.codeC - Journal Articles
gro.facultyGriffith Health, School of Applied Psychology
gro.date.issued2007
gro.hasfulltextNo Full Text
gro.griffith.authorKebbell, Mark R.


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