What US judges know and believe about eyewitness testimony
Version of Record online: 13 APR 2004
Copyright © 2004 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Applied Cognitive Psychology
Volume 18, Issue 4, pages 427–443, May 2004
How to Cite
Wise, R. A. and Safer, M. A. (2004), What US judges know and believe about eyewitness testimony. Appl. Cognit. Psychol., 18: 427–443. doi: 10.1002/acp.993
- Issue online: 13 APR 2004
- Version of Record online: 13 APR 2004
In a survey, 160 US judges indicated their knowledge and beliefs about eyewitness testimony. Although correct on some issues, judges were often wrong on important issues such as whether at trial eyewitness confidence is a good indicator of eyewitness accuracy, and if jurors can distinguish accurate from inaccurate witnesses. Increased knowledge was associated with: a willingness to permit legal safeguards, including expert testimony at trial; a belief that jurors have limited knowledge of eyewitness factors; a reluctance to convict defendants solely from eyewitness testimony; a more accurate estimate of the extent to which wrongful convictions result from eyewitness error; and a belief that judges need more eyewitness training. Additional training about factors and procedures that affect eyewitness accuracy may help judges reduce the number of wrongful convictions. Copyright © 2004 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.