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30 minutes of audio
(+ optional 5 minute online quiz)
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Course Aims:

The podcast aims to inform the listener of the distinctions in the way in which these types of identifications are made, and the way in which they are approached by the court. It aims to teach the listener about the underlying psychological issues in making identifications from video footage and photographs. It aims to engage the listener in discussion of what the most appropriate way to approach these types of identification would be. Further, it aims to ensure that the listener is up to date with the most recent case-law and academic criticism in this area of law.

After completing the course you will:
  • Understand the different ways in which identifications are made from CCTV footage;
  • Be aware of the underlying psychological issues at play when making an identification in this way;
  • Be up to date with all of the recent case-law on how the court reacts to identifications from CCTV footage.
Intermediate Difficulty: 3 of 5
Legal Principles
Sources and References:
  • R v Dodson R v Williams [1984] 1 WLR 971;
  • A-G's Reference (No 2 of 2002) [2002] EWCA Crim 2373;
  • R v Blenkinsop [1995] 1 Cr App Rep 7;
  • R v Turnbull [1977] QB 224;
  • R v Downey [1995] 1 Cr App Rep 547;
  • Taylor v Chief Constable of Cheshire [1987] 1 All ER 225;
  • R v Chaney [2009] EWCA Crim 21;
  • R v Dean Smith and others [2008] EWCA Crim 1342;
  • R v Clare [1995] 2 Cr App Rep 333;
  • R v Adams The Times 9 May 1996;
  • R v Ali [2009] Crim LR 40;
  • Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984;
  • Public Order Act 1986;
  • Bromby M (2006) CCTV and Expert Evidence: Addressing the Reliability of New Sciences, Archbold News, Issue 9, 02 November 2006, pp. 6-9.

This podcast considers identifications made in criminal cases from video footage and photographs. It details the different types of identifications that can be made from such evidence, and the methods which the court uses to approach them. The podcast further reports the latest case-law in this area of law, and discusses possible future developments.

Podcast added: 07/07/09

Podcast last reviewed: 2011-10-31

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