Prosecution reliance on the quantity rather than the quality of evidence for children’s testimonies

Marilena Kyriakidou, A. Zalaf, M. Blades

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    Abstract

    What characterizes testimonies by children that proceed to prosecution as compared with those that do not? Data for 46 cases that included a child’s testimony were collected from the police force databases and transcriptions of children’s videotaped testimonies in Cyprus. Prosecution rates were highly correlated with the evidence provided but with no other factors investigated. Study outcomes suggest a link between evidence provided and prosecution rates raising puzzling indications that the decision regarding whether a case gets prosecuted or not relies heavily on the number of evidence gained and not on the quality of questions used during the criminal investigations.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)3-16
    JournalThe Cyprus Journal of Sciences
    Volume12
    Publication statusPublished - 2014

    Keywords

    • prosecution
    • evidence quantity
    • evidence quality
    • children’s testimonies

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