O'Kelly, C M E and Kebbell, M R and Hatton, C and Johnson, S D (2003) Judicial intervention in court cases involving witnesses with and without learning disabilities. Legal and Criminological Psychology, 8. pp. 229-240. ISSN 1355-3259Full text not available from this repository.
Purpose. This paper outlines the extent and nature of judicial interventions in court cases involving witnesses with learning disabilities and from the general population. Method. Court transcripts, mainly concerning serious sexual crime, were obtained from a total of 32 witnesses, 16 involving people with learning disabilities and 16 involving people from the general population. Each intervention made by a judge was documented and coded into one of three categories: interactions with witnesses, interactions with lawyers, and interactions with the jury. Results. No significant differences were found between the judicial treatment of witnesses with learning disabilities and those from the general population. In particular, judges did not intervene more frequently to simplify lawyers' questions, call breaks, suggest methods by which a witness could reply, ask lawyers to simplify their questions, prevent oppression of the witness and move the lawyer on, and ensure the witness could understand the question. Conclusions. The implications of the findings are that judges should intervene, as they are legally entitled, to ensure that witnesses with and without learning disabilities give the most complete and accurate evidence possible.
|Journal or Publication Title:||Legal and Criminological Psychology|
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||MENTAL-RETARDATION ; CONFIDENCE ; QUESTIONS ; ACCURACY ; PEOPLE ; ADULTS|
|Departments:||Faculty of Health and Medicine > Health Research|
|Deposited On:||04 Dec 2011 17:24|
|Last Modified:||18 Jun 2015 05:42|
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