Prosecution reliance on the quantity rather than the quality of evidence for children’s testimonies


Kyriakidou, M. , Zalaf, A. and Blades, M. (2014) Prosecution reliance on the quantity rather than the quality of evidence for children’s testimonies. The Cyprus Journal of Sciences, volume 12 : 3-16


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What characterizes testimonies by children that proceed to prosecution as compared with those that do not? Data for 46 cases that included a child’s testimony were collected from the police force databases and transcriptions of children’s videotaped testimonies in Cyprus. Prosecution rates were highly correlated with the evidence provided but with no other factors investigated. Study outcomes suggest a link between evidence provided and prosecution rates raising puzzling indications that the decision regarding whether a case gets prosecuted or not relies heavily on the number of evidence gained and not on the quality of questions used during the criminal investigations.



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Item TypeArticle
TitleProsecution reliance on the quantity rather than the quality of evidence for children’s testimonies
Authors Kyriakidou, M. (profile-link for )
Zalaf, A.
Blades, M.
Uncontrolled Keywordsprosecution; evidence quantity; evidence quality; children’s testimonies
Departments Faculty of Health and Life Sciences/Psychology
Faculty of Health and Life Sciences
Centre for Research in Psychology, Behaviour and Achievement (PBA)
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ISSN2357-1527
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Deposited on 19-May-2015 in Research - Coventry.
Last modified on 19-Sep-2016

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