Research suggests that autistic children can provide accurate and forensically useful eyewitness evidence. However, members of a jury also rely on non-verbal behaviours when judging the credibility of a witness, and this could determine the verdict of a case. We presented mock jurors with videos (from an experimental study) of one of two child witnesses on the autism spectrum being interviewed about a mock minor crime. Results demonstrated that providing jurors with generic information about autism and/or informing them of the child’s diagnostic label differentially affected credibility ratings, but not for both children. Implications for how to present information about child witnesses with autism to a jury – highlighting the need for approaches tailored to individual children – are discussed.
|Journal||Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders|
|Publication status||Published - 28 Jul 2018|
- criminal justice
- eyewitness memory
Crane, L., Wilcock, R., Maras, K., Chui, W., Marti-Sanchez, C., & Henry, L. (2018). Mock Juror Perceptions of Child Witnesses on the Autism Spectrum: The Impact of Providing Diagnostic Labels and Information About Autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-018-3700-0