B.A. (Bachelor of Arts)
Department of Psychology
In a court of law, the issue of a child giving an eyewitness account has been debated among professionals. There is a significant amount of evidence suggesting that children are unable to give a reliable account. Their cognitive ability to perceive a questionable situation is not fully developed, and neither is their ability to recall memories. In order to examine the different variables surrounding this issue, a literature review was conducted. The results of numerous studies suggest that although children may not be the most reliable witnesses, sometimes they are the only witnesses. The following literature review discusses the conditions under which children give the best recall, and under which they give the worst. Future policies regarding protection of children in the legal context, and all others involved in court cases involving children, may be shaped from research such as this.
Hargate, Kaitlin, "Children Giving Eyewitness Testmionies in a Court of Law" (2011). Honors Capstones. 291.
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