Witness Testimony
Psychological, Investigative and Evidential Perspectives
Edited by Anthony Heaton-Armstrong, Eric Shepherd, Gisli Gudjonsson and David Wolchover



This book provides a comprehensive and easily accessible guide to the decision-making and actions of the complete spectrum of practitioner involvement in the criminal justice process, right from initial investigation through to court-room proceedings.


  • Provides comprehensive coverage of the complex and controversial topic of witness testimony across the complete spectrum of practitioner involvement in the criminal justice process
  • Written by a large author team comprised of many of the leading names in criminal evidence law and forensic psychology including; Lord Bingham of Cornhill; Dr Eric Shepherd; and Professor Elizabeth Loftus
  • Logically divided into three parts, looking in turn at each of the three inter-related perspectives upon a witness' account; psychological, investigative, and evidential
  • Written in a clear and accessible style
  • Builds on the content and structure of its ground-breaking predecessor Analysing Witness Testimony: A Guide for Legal Practitioners and Other Professionals (Blackstone Press, March 1999)

Product Details

496 pages; ISBN13: 978-0-19-927809-1 ISBN10: 0-19-927809-1

About the Author(s)

Anthony Heaton-Armstrong is a criminal barrister of over 30 years call, currently based at 9-12 Bell Yard Chambers. He has written numerous published articles on evidence in criminal cases (usually with David Wolchover), and co-edited Analysing Witness Testimony: A Guide for Legal Practitioners and Other Professionals (Blackstone Press, 1999) with Eric Shepherd and David Wolchover. He has liaised extensively with the Home Office and Police bodies on the PACE Codes of Practice and disclosure of evidence in criminal cases. He was a member of an independent review body appointed by the Home Secretary to report on reforms to the death certification and coronial inquest systems in the wake of the Shipman killings and other disasters involving multiple deaths. A former intelligence officer and academic, Eric Shepherd is a chartered forensic psychologist and chartered counselling psychologist who specialises in developing individuals' skills in investigating, interviewing, and analysing evidence. He has worked in the criminal justice system for some 25 years, instructed by the defence and the prosecution, as well as the Serious Fraud Office, Criminal Cases Review Commission, the Police Complaints Authority, and a number of official inquiries. Throughout this entire period he has been a consultant and trainer to the police service. Gisli Gudjonsson is a Professor of Forensic Psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College, London, and Head of the Forensic Psychology Services in South Southwark, London. He is a Fellow of the British Psychological Society and has published extensively in the areas of forensic psychology, including violence, psychological vulnerability, false confession, police interviewing, and recovered memories. He pioneered the empirical measurement of suggestibility and provided expert evaluation in a number of high profile cases, including those of; the Guildford Four; the Birmingham Six; the Tottenham Three; the Cardiff Three; Jill Dando murder case; Kenneth Erskine (the 'Stockwell strangler'); Derek Bentley; the UDR Four; and 'IRA general murders' cases (both in Northern Ireland). He acts as a consultant on cases both for prosecution and defence. David Wolchover was called to the Bar in 1971 and has practised criminal law ever since. David Wolchover is a practising barrister and former Head of Chambers at 7 Bell Yard, London. He has published numerous articles on evidence and procedure in criminal cases (usually with Anthony Heaton-Armstrong), as well as several books in the field including Analysing Witness Testimony: A Guide for Legal Practitioners and Other Professionals (Blackstone Press, 1999), and Bail in Criminal Proceedings (jointly with Neil Corre, third edition OUP 2004). He was previously instrumental, with Anthony Heaton-Armstrong, in persuading the Home Office to concede various significant changes in PACE Code C.



David’s professional address:
Ridgeway Chambers

General Council of the Bar of England and Wales Chambers Number 6473, 4 & 6 The Ridgeway - Golders Green - London - NW11 8TB - United Kingdom

David Wolchover's e-mail address is:
+44 (0)20 8455 2939
+44 (0)7877 817138