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You have been asked to write a report for the court about a case, the details of which are given below. You have been specifically asked to comment on the credibility of a particular witness' testimony.

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You have been asked to write a report for the court about a case, the details of which are given below. You have been specifically asked to comment on the credibility of a particular witness' testimony. This witness is the key prosecution witness but the court wants an independent expert to give their opinion about the strengths and weaknesses of this testimony. Using your psychological knowledge you should comment on what factors might have impaired the witness and what factors suggest that the witness' evidence could be strong. Would you recommend that the court accept this witness' evidence? You should back up the points you make with reference to the research literature, both applied and theoretical. Your report should follow the outline given at the end of the case information. It should be noted that the events depicted in this case are fictional and that this exercise is purely for the purposes of assessing this module and does not constitute any form of training in writing expert reports. ...read more.

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She saw the fourth male being knocked to the ground and one of the gang started kicking him and hitting him hard with a piece of wood. The man on the ground was obviously in a lot of pain. The male who was attacking the man on the ground looked up and she says that she recognised him as being T. Mrs P. claims that T. is a well known trouble-maker on the estate where she lives and she has often seen him around. Mrs P. ran back to the High Street called the police and an ambulance on her mobile phone but did not give her name or details because she says she was scared about reprisals. Mrs P. only contacted the police four weeks later when she found out that the victim was still in hospital in a coma. The police initially showed her a series of photographs of possible suspects and she picked out T. with no hesitation. ...read more.

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The ability to illustrate your awareness of ethical issues in the area where appropriate 4. The ability to suggest how theoretical knowledge can be applied within the Criminal Justice System, including the use of expert reports 5. To show the ability to construct fair, coherent, convincing and sustained arguments, using an appropriately wide range of evidence 6. The ability to evaluate primary source material critically 7. Evidence the ability to use written communication clearly, coherently and grammatically, within a given structure, using the standard referencing techniques of the discipline, demonstrating effective choice and organisation of material. 8. The ability to use ICT skills to present information effectively using a format and style to suit the intended purpose, subject and audience 9. The ability to use databases and other computer sources effectively to retrieve and select information 10. The ability to make critical judgements and evaluations, identifying general principles and evaluating competing perspectives 11. The ability to work autonomously, setting personal goals and deadlines as appropriate in order to complete set tasks 12. To demonstrate subject knowledge through independent appraisal of a range of learning resources PY610: Expert report assignment (2000 words maximum; 50% of total mark) ...read more.

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