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Understanding the role of transcription in evidential consistency of police interview records in England and Wales

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posted on 2023-09-04, 13:52 authored by Emma RichardsonEmma Richardson, Magnus HamannMagnus Hamann, James Tompkinson, Kate Haworth, Felicity Deamer

Evidential records of investigative interviews serve an important institutional purpose within the legal system in England and Wales. Academic scholars have long recognized that little institutional attention is paid to the transformation process that occurs when written records of the spoken are produced, nor to the potential impact this has on later interpretation by users of the records during the investigation of crimes and later in court. We analyse 29 digitally recorded investigative interviews and their corresponding official written ‘Record of Taped/Videoed Interview’ (ROTI/ROVI) transcripts, taking an ethnomethodological, conversation analytic (CA) approach to examine the social actions that are transformed in this activity by comparing the audio record of police interview evidence to the written transcripts. The intended outcome of this work, within the wider project of which this forms, is to better understand this process within the legal system, and to incite improvements.

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  • Social Sciences and Humanities

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  • Communication and Media

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Cambridge University Press (CUP)

Version

  • VoR (Version of Record)

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© The Author(s)

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This is an Open Access article, distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution licence (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted re-use, distribution and reproduction, provided the original article is properly cited.

Acceptance date

2023-04-22

Publication date

2023-08-15

Copyright date

2023

ISSN

0047-4045

eISSN

1469-8013

Language

  • en

Depositor

Dr Emma Richardson. Deposit date: 2 May 2023

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