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4.13.3 - Charge: Single Suspect Identification

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[If the witness was presented with a single suspect to identify, add this section when the identification evidence is given, and again where indicated in the primary charge.]

In this case, NOA was identified [insert circumstances of identification].

This type of identification is extremely unreliable, due to the fact that the witness is given just one option, instead of being provided with a selection of suspects to choose from. This greatly increases the likelihood that s/he will mistakenly identify the single suspect as the offender, relying on the fact that the police had narrowed down the selection to that one person.

It may be dangerous to rely on an identification made in these circumstances, or to give such evidence any significant value.


Last updated: 1 July 2013

See Also

4.13 - Identification Evidence

4.13.1 - Charge: Identification Evidence

4.13.2 - Charge: Photographic Identification

4.13.4 - Charge: Court Identification

4.13.5 - Charge: Dock Identification