Why do individual jurors draw different conclusions about the verdict on the basis of the same evidence? Can judges and jurors detect if defendants or victims lie about what occurred with an intention to withhold the truth at a trial? Should courts treat children as competent witnesses when no forensic evidence presents in child sexual abuse cases? The lack of science-based knowledge in psychology in legal practices may result in disastrous consequences and injustice. Considering the interface between psychology, law, and the courts, this course explores the psychology in the courtroom. It aims to provide students with an opportunity to probe how psychological research can be applied to better inform legal practices in our society.
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