The eyewitness research group headed by Professor Amina Memon is based in the Psychology Department at Royal Holloway University of London. We use methods from experimental psychology to understand why eyewitnesses make errors. We are also conducting research to improve our understanding of the role of eyewitness evidence and decision making within the Criminal Justice System.
Recently launched, The Advocates Gateway provides practical training tool-kits for all practitioners working with young and vulnerable witnesses. The Gateway aims to improve the questioning of young and vulnerable eyewitnesses, making practitioners aware of their questioning style. The Advocate’s Gateway is hosted by the Advocacy Training Council and is managed by the ATC’s Vulnerable Witness …View full post
The Scottish Government plans to remove the requirement for corroborating evidence through a change in Scots law and this is being met with fierce opposition from lawyers. Their concern is that removing the requirement of corroboration will increase chances of there being a miscarriage of justice. Click here for more information.View full post
American Amanda Knox and her ex-boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito must face a retrial over the killing in 2007 of her UK flatmate, Meredith Kercher, Italy’s highest court has ruled. Click here for the BBC news article about the case.View full post
The recent trial of Vicky Pryce to determine whether she obstructed the course of justice by taking her former husband’s penalty points for speeding has been forced to take a retrial due to the dismissal of the jury. Some of the questions raised by the jury lead the presiding Judge in the case, Mr Justice …View full post
On the 10th December, 2012, Kent Police (UK) began a trial of a crime prediction model developed by academics in California, PredPol. PredPol is a computer algorithm that analyses crime statistics and aims to predict, in real-time, what criminal behaviour is likely to be taking place and where. The hope is that forces can utilise …View full post