Simultaneous or Sequential Eyewitness Lineup? Is There the Right Answer?


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How to Cite

Fazlić, A. (2016). Simultaneous or Sequential Eyewitness Lineup? Is There the Right Answer?. Kriminalističke Teme, (3-4), 57-73. Retrieved from


Reason(s) for writing and research problem(s): The paper was inspired by author’s intention to unify the wide range of scientific findings related to title issues, and to present it in the form of theoretical analysis.

Aims of the paper (scientific and/or social): Extensive scientific literature review inclines to the studious consideration of characteristics and peculiarities of simultaneous and sequential eyewitness identification lineups, with the main aim to identify advantages, weaknesses and ambiguities in the context of the criminal investigation theory and practice.

Methodology/Design: Document analysis of the scientific and professional literature related to simultaneous and sequential eyewitness identification lineup issues, has been carried out for the purposes of this paper.

Research/paper limitations: Paper limitations are reflected in the lack of empirical research that would enrich the scope of scientific research related to simultaneous and sequential eyewitness identification lineups.

Results/Findings: The research findings related to simultaneous and sequential eyewitness identification lineup issues, shows that sequential eyewitness identification lineup reduces false identifications. On the other hand, scientific studies have shown that simultaneous eyewitness identification lineup increase the hit rate, if the perpetrator is present in the lineup.

General conclusion: Within the scientific community, there are divided and incompatible attitudes regarding the superiority of simultaneous or sequential eewitness identification lineup, as well as a number of other issues that need attention in the future.

Research/paper validity: Paper validity lies in the fact that in the regional academic framework there is a lack of scientific papers which on a comprehensive and studious manner discuss simultaneous and sequential eyewitness identification lineup issues.

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