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Collaborating with Attorneys and Working with the Courts
Collaborating with attorneys and working with the courts

Nonlawyer professionals often feel ill at ease in their interactions with the legal system, for at least two reasons. The first is that rules that govern interactions in the legal system differ from rules pertaining to other professional interactions. The second is that interactions are often adversarial. However, to be effective in cases of child sexual abuse, professionals must understand the legal aspects of child welfare and lawyers’ roles and responsibilities. The following topics will be discussed in this chapter: (a) mental health professionals’ roles in the legal system, (b) the courts involved in sexual maltreatment litigation, (c) the roles lawyers take in sexual abuse cases, and (d) testifying in ...

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