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State & Federal Court Series: Memory and Eye-Witness Identifications in Civil and Criminal Cases

Developed by the Joint State and Federal Workgroup of the Illinois Judicial College Committee on Judicial Education, this course will guide judges through the reliability factors of eyewitness identification, including: (1) the eyewitness’s opportunity to view the actor at the time of the event; (2) the eyewitness’s degree of attention; (3) the accuracy of the description that the eyewitness gave of the event; (4) the eyewitness’s level of certainty at the time of the identification procedure; and (5) the length of time that had elapsed between the event and the identification procedure. In addition, this course will deal with the latest legal opinions and scientific research regarding the reliability of “memory” and identification evidence.

Credit Hours (total): 1.5

Participant Learning Objective(s)
As a result of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize the latest scientific research and legal opinions concerning memory and eye-witness identification 
  • Identify reliability factors for eyewitness identification 
  • Overview the science of human perception and memory