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Eyewitness Testimony – How Does It Work?

Eyewitness evidence is typically given the most credibility in courts of law. However, it should be admitted with caution and a clear understanding that certain psychological factors can reduce the reliability of eyewitness evidence. 

This work invites the reader to consider these factors. Each chapter in the work considers the various stages involved in eyewitness testimony in courts of law, from the initial witnessing of an event, the questioning stage and culminating in the court trial itself, and the evidence's presentation. 

This work poses two questions for the reader to consider:

"Exactly how reliable is eyewitness testimony?" and

"What factors impact the accuracy of such evidence?"

​​​​​​​Dr David Holding studied history at Manchester University before entering the teaching profession in the 1970s. He taught in both state and independent sectors. During this time, he continued historical research culminating in both a Master's degree and a Doctorate. Having previously studied law, David gained a Master of Law degree in Medical Law, which enabled him to transfer to teaching legal courses at university. Since retiring, David has concentrated his research and writing on various aspects of local history, legal trials, forensic science and medico-legal topics.

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