American Judges Association



Alan Tomkins

Date of this Version



Court Review, Volume 48, Issues 1-2, page 2


Copyright © 2012 American Judges Association. Used by permission.


This special issue on eyewitness identification includes some of the world’s premier researchers and commentators, along with some of their best students. The six articles provide judges with easy-to-understand, state-of-the-art information on various social-science perspectives relevant to eyewitness identification tailored to a judicial readership.

In his introductory article, James Doyle provides judges with an argument for why you should care about what social scientists have documented in their research. It is followed by an article by Laura Smalarz and Gary Wells that reviews eyewitness research, focusing on mistaken identifications and false certainty by witnesses. Their reviews point out the need for judges to be vigilant in making sure that eyewitness identifications are accurate.