Guardian columnist David Banks writes today on the New Jersey Supreme Court’s landmark decision last week on eyewitness misidentification, and calls on British courts to follow America’s lead by instituting a set of guidelines to ensure that eyewitness evidence is as accurate as possible.
The issue will be examined by the US Supreme Court in November. It could have serious implications for the way the many US law enforcement agencies handle eyewitnesses.
In the UK we have seen that eyewitness identification is not always as reliable as we might like to believe.
Perhaps our own judges in the UK need to make an effort to unpick the tricks memory plays on us.