The perceptions of detectives and CPS lawyers towards the video interviewing of adult significant witnesses

Abdy, James A. (2010) The perceptions of detectives and CPS lawyers towards the video interviewing of adult significant witnesses. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    The past twenty years has seen a number of developments in the manner in which witness testimony is recorded during criminal investigations, particularly in cases involving children and adult witnesses who are vulnerable or intimidated. These developments have led to the introduction of video interviews, as an alternative option to the traditional use of hand-written witness statements. However, there has been limited academic research regarding the use of video interviews within the criminal justice system, particularly for adult significant witnesses who are not vulnerable or intimidated. The aim of this dissertation was to establish the investigative and evidential value that operational detectives and Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) lawyers attach to the video interviewing of adult significant witnesses in serious violent crime cases and to identify any perceived barriers that may limit forensic application. The research was divided into two distinct strands: (i) a survey of operational detectives working within South Yorkshire Police; and (ii) semi-structured interviews with a sample of CPS lawyers involved in prosecuting such cases. The research indicates that although there are clear perceived benefits of using video interviews for such witnesses in serious violent crime cases, a number of perceived drawbacks and logistical barriers remain that may affect forensic application. The research also suggests that although there appears to be support amongst police officers and CPS lawyers for the use of video interviews for investigative purposes, the support for the evidential use of video interviews is not as strong.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Institute of Criminal Justice Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:49
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:16
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/918

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