Understanding the difficulties faced by vulnerable and intimidated victims is essential to improving our service to them. This book will help investigators, lawyers and advocates to understand factors that can improve the quality of witness testimony in these complex cases.
Pamela Radcliffe was called to the Bar in 1979. Her practice has spanned both criminal (defending) and family jurisdictions, encompassing a broad range of complex and grave allegations, including serious sexual assault. Radcliffe's academic interest lies in the interface between psychology and the law, especially memory science and criminal justice issues associated with serious sexual allegations. She advocates an interdisciplinary approach towards professionallegal education. Radcliffe is also interested in European justice models and comparative approaches towards the investigation and trial treatment of serious sexual crime. She is a Visiting Research Fellow with the International Centre for Research in Forensic Psychology at the University of Portsmouth.She has addressed criminal justice professionals, academics and charitable organisations on aspects of serious sexual crime and related criminal justice issues.Gisli H Gudjonsson CBE is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society. He is a registered practitioner (clinical and forensic) with the Health Care Professions Council (HCPC). He is an Emeritus Professor of Forensic Psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London and a Professor of Psychology at Reykjavik University. Prior to his retirement from King's College London on 1st January 2012 he was the Head of Forensic Psychology Services for the Lambeth Forensic Services andMedium Secure Unit at the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust (SLaM). He has as extensive experience as an expert witness in cases involving witness testimony and was a lay magistrate in Croydon between 1990-1999. Professor Gudjonsson has been awarded two lifetime achievement awards and was appointed CBEin 2011 for his contribution to clinical psychology. He is still active in conducting research and publishing academic papers relevant to psychology and law.Anthony Heaton-Armstrong is a practising barrister and author of numerous published texts concerning criminal investigations and procedure and lead editor of the book's two predecessors, Analysing Witness Testimony and Witness Testimony: Psychological, Investigative and Evidential Perspectives . He has very extensive experience of acting as a defence and prosecution advocate in cases involving allegations of serious sexual assault and is on the Crown Prosecution Service panelof specialist rape prosecutors. He has served on a number of Government Committees tasked to consider improvements to the England and Wales criminal justice system and is legal editor of Medicine Science and the Law, the journal of the British Academy of Forensic Sciences. He is a trustee of the charity 'WitnessConfident', and the General Council of the Bar's representative on the Forensic Science Regulator's Quality Standards Specialist Group.David Wolchover has been a barrister in independent practice for well over forty years, specialising in criminal defence work at all levels of complexity and gravity. For over ten years he was Head of Chambers at 7 Bell Yard (now Church Court Chambers). He is the author or co-author of a number of text-books and numerous articles and papers mainly on criminal evidence and procedure, is an acknowledged expert on, among other topics, PACE, bail, visual identification procedures and certainaspects of the trial of sexual offences and has been instrumental in securing a number of legislative and procedural criminal justice reforms. His particular interest in the recording of witness statements and visual identification has led to his becoming an acknowledged expert on the "Lockerbie Bombing", the destruction of Pan Am flight 103.