Tuesday, 20 September 2016

ADVOKATE: A Tool for Assessment of Eyewitness Evidence

ADVOCATE: A Tool for Assessment of Eyewitness Evidence

It is a tool designed to assess the eyewitness evidence that how much it is reliable. It requires the user to respond to several statements/questions. Forensic psychologist, police or investigative officer can do it.

The mnemonic ADVOKATE stands for:
  1. A = amount of time under observation (event and act)
  2. D = distance from suspect
  3. V = visibility (night-day, lighting)
  4. O = obstruction to the view of the witness
  5. K = known or seen before when and where (suspect)
  6. A = any special reason for remembering the subject
  7. T = time-lapse (how long has it been since witness saw suspect)
  8. E = error or material discrepancy between the description given first or any subsequent accounts by a witness. 

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