EUPOL COPPS delivers training on “Communication with Children in Criminal Cases” for lawyers

In criminal investigations, interviewing suspects, victims or witnesses often form the basis for the prosecutor to decide whether to press charges or not, and furthermore for the judge to decide on the verdict.

Interviews serves the purpose of the criminal process, to gain information of actual facts of an alleged criminal act. However, in order to establish what has been proven beyond reasonable doubt, it is not only important what information has been received, it also matters how the information was received. 

Mistakes made when conducting an interview may result in false statements and, in some cases, even false memories and eventually a weak indictment.  

This was the focus of a training by EUPOL COPPS delivered to 83 lawyers in two West Bank districts during July.  More than 50 percent of the participants were women solicitors  

Special attention was paid to situations when children are involved. The topics of the training were e.g. interviewing techniques, witness psychology and certainty of a testimony, interviewing children and adolescents, an interviewing method based on the NICHD model (International Evidence-Based Investigative Interviewing of Children), addressing developmental issues in child interviews and how to motivate a reluctant child/adolescent to talk.