Promoting pre-recorded complainant evidence in rape trials: Psychological and practice perspectives
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In this article, the authors, a forensic psychologist and police officer, explore how pre-recorded police interviews with complainants may be presented as evidence-in-chief and used to support the prosecution case for alleged rape offences. They discuss the advantages and disadvantages of pre-recording, and how its introduction will necessitate a profound shift in police culture and the conventional "case construction" model used by police. The article concludes by identifying the range of reforms to current police practice required to address some of problems associated with using pre-recorded evidence in rape trials.
Criminal Law Journal
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