How do decision makers decide when witnesses are telling the truth and what can be done to improve their accuracy In making assessments of witness credibility?

Coyle, Ian R. (2013) How do decision makers decide when witnesses are telling the truth and what can be done to improve their accuracy In making assessments of witness credibility? Technical Report. Criminal Lawyers Association of Australia and New Zealand . [Report]

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Correctly determining witness credibility is integral to a fair trial. Assessments of credibility by the triers of fact are made, inter alia, by reference to behavioural stereotypes that are commonly thought to be associated with lying and truth telling. These stereotypes are worthless but pervasive. In this study, venire jurors were given information such as would be given by way of judicial direction and/or expert testimony on those behavioural indicia that are useful in detecting deception. Major changes in venire juror perceptions of what does and does not work were found. This has significant implications for the conduct of criminal trials. Recommendations are presented which, it is argued, can be of real, practical assistance in enabling decision makers to assess the credibility of witnesses.


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Item Type: Report (Technical Report)
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Report to The Criminal Lawyers Association of Australia and New Zealand. Unpublished.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Sciences - Department of Psychology
Date Deposited: 19 Apr 2013 02:53
Last Modified: 05 Mar 2018 04:44
Uncontrolled Keywords: witnesses; truth; witness credibility; trial
Fields of Research : 18 Law and Legal Studies > 1801 Law > 180120 Legal Institutions (incl. Courts and Justice Systems)
16 Studies in Human Society > 1602 Criminology > 160203 Courts and Sentencing
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/23356

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