14th International Congress of Phonetic Sciences (ICPhS-14)

San Francisco, CA, USA
August 1-7, 1999

Lineup Construction for Forensic Earwitness Identification: A Practical Approach

A. P. A. Broeders (1), A. G. van Amelsvoort (2)

(1) Netherlands Forensic Institute, Rijswijk, the Netherlands
(2) Dutch College for Criminal Investigation and Crime Control, Zutphen, the Netherlands

In the last decade there has been a growing interest in questions raised by the auditory identification of persons by victims and witnesses. In the absence of clear criteria for the design of earwitness identification procedures, a set of guidelines is proposed below which is partly based on a tried and trusted method developed by the Dutch police and judiciary for the visual identification of persons by eyewitnesses. Some of the issues which needed to be resolved in designing the proposed procedure are the choice between repeated trials and single trials, the use of blank trials versus suspect-present trials, the use of actors, the choice between verbatim text or transcripts versus free speech, and the choice between suspect similarity versus culprit description in the selection of foils. A discussion of the considerations underlying the various decisions that were made can be found in [1]. Critical elements of the procedure are described in detail.


  1. Amelsvoort, A. G. van. 1996. Handleiding Confrontatie: Richtlijnen voor de Politiepraktijk. The Hague: Vuga.

Full Paper

Bibliographic reference.  Broeders, A. P. A. / Amelsvoort, A. G. van (1999): "Lineup construction for forensic earwitness identification: a practical approach", In ICPhS-14, 1373-1376.