Lawyers' perceptions of police officers' performance in court

Kebbell, Mark R., and O'Kelly, Caitriona M. E. (2003) Lawyers' perceptions of police officers' performance in court. Canadian Journal of Police and Security Services, 1 (3). pp. 185-192.

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Police witnesses often provide crucial evidence in court. However, little research exists concerning positive and negative aspects of the presentation of police evidence in court and ways in which the presentation of police evidence can be improved. The present paper seeks to shed light on this issue through a survey of 15 lawyers who have experience of examining English police witnesses in court. The results showed that lawyers perceive that many police officers are giving effective evidence in court but that problems do exist that can be improved on, potentially through training. Issues of particular importance seem to be that officers thoroughly investigate the crime, take their own detailed notes, familiarise themselves with details of the case before attending court, give evidence confidently, concede points to the defence where appropriate demonstrating objectivity and honesty.

Item ID: 13822
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1709-8769
Keywords: lawyers' perceptions; police evidence
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Date Deposited: 26 Nov 2010 06:04
FoR Codes: 18 LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES > 1899 Other Law and Legal Studies > 189999 Law and Legal Studies not elsewhere classified @ 100%
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