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Improving the legal aspects of police interviewing of suspects

Read, Julianne M. and Powell, Martine B. 2011, Improving the legal aspects of police interviewing of suspects, Psychiatry, psychology and law, vol. 18, no. 4, pp. 599-611, doi: 10.1080/13218719.2010.543399.

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Title Improving the legal aspects of police interviewing of suspects
Author(s) Read, Julianne M.
Powell, Martine B.ORCID iD for Powell, Martine B. orcid.org/0000-0001-5092-1308
Journal name Psychiatry, psychology and law
Volume number 18
Issue number 4
Start page 599
End page 611
Total pages 13
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Oxon, U. K.
Publication date 2011-11
ISSN 1321-8719
1934-1687
Keyword(s) admissibility
case law
evidence
investigative interviewing
questioning
sex offenders
suspects
statutory law
Summary The purpose of this paper is to provide some guidance to police interviewers and trainers in relation to improving the legal aspects of police questioning of suspects. The paper is written with reference to Victorian legislation. Sixteen professionals (defence barristers, academics, prosecutors, and detectives), all with extensive knowledge of the law and experience evaluating police interviews with suspects, took part in individual indepth interviews (M ¼ 100 minutes). The aim of the interviews was to discuss the limitations of police interviews with suspects and to provide exemplars of concerns from a set of de-identified transcripts that had been provided to the professionals prior to their interviews with us. Overall, four key limitations were raised: (a) inadequate particularisation of offences, (b) inappropriate phrasing of questions, (c) poor introduction of allegations, and (d) questions that unfairly ask the suspect to comment on the victim’s perspective. These concerns and their practical implications are discussed.
Notes Article first available online 9th November 2011
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/13218719.2010.543399
Field of Research 170104 Forensic Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2011, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30041531

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