Chapter 3.2. Assessing Evidence: Proving Facts

  1. David Carson Reader in Law and Behavioural Sciences3 and
  2. Ray Bull Professor of Criminological and Legal Psychology4
  1. Michael J. Saks Professor of Law and Psychology1 and
  2. William C. Thompson Professor2

Published Online: 2 MAR 2005

DOI: 10.1002/0470013397.ch14

Handbook of Psychology in Legal Contexts, Second Edition

Handbook of Psychology in Legal Contexts, Second Edition

How to Cite

Saks, M. J. and Thompson, W. C. (2003) Assessing Evidence: Proving Facts, in Handbook of Psychology in Legal Contexts, Second Edition (eds D. Carson and R. Bull), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/0470013397.ch14

Editor Information

  1. 3

    Faculty of Law, The University, Southampton SO17 1BJ, UK

  2. 4

    Department of Psychology, University of Portsmouth, King Henry Building, King Henry 1 Street, Portsmouth PO1 2DY, UK

Author Information

  1. 1

    Arizona State University, College of Law, Box 877906, Tempe, Arizona AZ 85287-7906, USA

  2. 2

    Department of Criminology, Law and Society, University of California at Irvine, Irvine, California 92697-7080, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 2 MAR 2005
  2. Published Print: 15 MAR 2003

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780471498742

Online ISBN: 9780470013397



  • procedural and evidentiary rules;
  • Bayes' theorem;
  • inference and decision-making in litigation


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Filtering and Controlling Evidence

  • The Bayesian Perspective

  • Future Contributions of Psychology to Evidence Evaluation

  • References