What must be considered when interviewing witnesses with learning difficulties?
- More vulnerable to different question types as they have more cognitive limitations (complex questions) and more social desirability bias (leading questions)
- Less complete answers but no less accurate: Kebbell and Hatton (1999)
- 16 cases with and 16 without learning difficulties analysed
- Lawyers did not adapt questioning style for people with learning difficulties, very few differences in question types
- Used strategies to discredit witnesses in cross examination despite learning difficulties using yes/no leading questions
- More supportive and friendly but not completely effective at maximising accuracy and completeness