Skip to main content

What judges know about eyewitness testimony: A comparison of Norwegian and US judges

Buy Article:

$53.17 plus tax (Refund Policy)


We surveyed 157 Norwegian judges about their knowledge and beliefs about eyewitness testimony, and compared their answers to a prior survey of 160 US judges. Although the Norwegian judges were somewhat more knowledgeable than the US judges, both groups had limited knowledge of eyewitness testimony. The Norwegian judges, like the US judges, frequently differed from eyewitness experts in their responses to such important issues as whether eyewitness confidence is related to identification accuracy at trial and what is the best method for conducting identification procedures. As was true for the US judges, more knowledgeable Norwegian judges had many of the beliefs that may be necessary for reducing and mitigating the effects of eyewitness error. The results suggest that increasing judges' knowledge of eyewitness testimony may be an important component of the solution to eyewitness error.

Keywords: Norway; USA; beliefs; eyewitness testimony; judges

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: Department of Psychology, University of Oslo, Blindern, Oslo, Norway 2: University of North Dakota, USA 3: Faculty of Law, University of Oslo, Blindern, Oslo, Norway 4: Catholic University of America, USA

Publication date: June 1, 2008


Access Key

Free Content
Free content
New Content
New content
Open Access Content
Open access content
Subscribed Content
Subscribed content
Free Trial Content
Free trial content
Cookie Policy
Cookie Policy
Ingenta Connect website makes use of cookies so as to keep track of data that you have filled in. I am Happy with this Find out more