A fair hearing? The use of voice identification parades in criminal investigations in England and Wales

Date

2017-01

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ISSN

0011-135X

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Volume Title

Publisher

Sweet and Maxwell

Type

Article

Peer reviewed

Yes

Abstract

This article reviews the current state of the law in relation to using voice identification parades to test the evidence of a witness who purports to recognise a witness by voice alone. Such procedures exist but are not used consistently by police forces, with some forces having decided as a matter of policy not to use them. Although such procedures are challenging and are more difficult that video identification procedures, the failure to conduct such a parade is a matter which should be properly taken into account in assessing the admissibility of a witness’s evidence.

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Keywords

Criminal Evidence, Voice, Identification

Citation

Robson, R. (2017) A fair hearing? The use of voice identification parades in criminal investigations in England and Wales. Criminal Law Review,1, pp. 36 - 50

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Research Institute

Centre for Law, Justice and Society