The use of dogs in the courtroom

Spruin, E., Holt, N., Fernandez, A. and Franz, A. (2016) The use of dogs in the courtroom. In: Klein, A., ed. Crime and Criminal Behaviour. Nova Science Publishers.. ISBN 9781634855808 (In Press)

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The practice of using courtroom dogs in supporting witnesses throughout the process of a criminal case has been growing across North America - from dogs joining witnesses for initial forensic interviews to offering support in actual court settings. In contrast, only limited research has been conducted into the value of using courtroom dogs. However, the research that exists shows many positive effects, particularly for child witnesses, but also, for example, for jurors, judges and adult vulnerable witnesses. The current commentary explores the various benefits of using courtroom dogs detailed in research today, as well as the arguments against their use, and highlights avenues for further research. If clear benefits, both in terms of witness well-being and / or trial process can be established, there is clear potential for real changes in witness support and related legal practices within the UK and worldwide.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF0660 Comparative psychology. Animal and human psychology
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Q Science > QL Zoology > QL0750 Animal behavior
Divisions: Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences > School of Psychology, Politics and Sociology
Depositing User: Dr Liz Spruin
Date Deposited: 17 Jun 2016 09:29
Last Modified: 17 Jun 2016 09:29

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