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≪Organizer Abstract≫
Psychological knowledge can be applied in the criminal justice system to prevention of crimes, investigation, legal decision making, rehabilitation of convicts, and so on. However, general principles of psychology cannot be easily applied due to the practical problems arising from the system and situations that vary from country to country. For instance, in Japan, obtaining confession has been considered a priority, which has led to cases of false confession. Identification procedures are not regulated, resulting in wrongful identification. The vulnerable are often unheard because of scant special measures, and in court, lay judges have difficulties bringing verdicts and sentencing. In this symposium, cases and research on confession, eyewitness testimony, child investigation, and legal decision making will be presented by researchers facing real-world problems and struggling to introduce psychologically sound methods into investigations and courtrooms.
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