|Title of host publication||Encyclopedia of forensic and legal medicine|
|Editors||Jason Payne-James, Roger W. Byard|
|Place of Publication||Amsterdam|
|Publication status||Published - 2016|
Cases involving memories of childhood abuse alleged to have been ‘recovered’ in adulthood present complex challenges to the criminal justice system. Here we provide a brief history of the controversy, summarize the relevant scientific literature and discuss the challenges associated with assessing the reliability of testimony relating to events that are alleged to have occurred, in some case, decades previously. We conclude by offering guidelines for those instructed to assess the reliability of the evidence in such cases.