The testimony of expert witnesses to inform courtroom decisions is critical if intelligent and just verdicts are to be reached. Few judges, jurors or lay witnesses possess the necessary knowledge to adequately understand the complexities of human behaviour as they relate to acts of interpersonal violence. While lay witnesses can testify to actual incidents or observations, it is the expert witness who can provide forensic significance to such evidence. This volume clearly defines the need for and role of expert witnesses in litigation. The author demystifies the process, and provides practical guidance on preparing and presenting expert testimony. In so doing, he will assist courts to more accurately assess and weigh eviden

Medical and Mental Health Professionals as Experts in Legal Cases

Medical and Mental Health Professionals as Experts in Legal Cases

Medical and mental health professionals as experts in legal cases
Benjamin E.Saunders

It is not uncommon for medical and mental health professionals to be called upon to serve as expert witnesses or expert consultants in criminal and civil legal proceedings. For professionals who work with certain types of cases, such as victims of domestic violence, persons going through divorce and custody proceedings, child abuse victims, violent crime victims, sexual offenders, head injury patients, and the chronically mentally ill, the likelihood of being asked to serve as expert witnesses or consultants in legal cases is high. Unfortunately, most professionals have had little training or preparation for how to provide such expert services, and have not examined the professional ...

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