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Expert Psychiatric Evidence

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  • Date Published: November 2011
  • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from May 2018
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781908020321

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  • A guide to what a psychiatrist needs to know in order to prepare medico-legal reports and become an expert witness. This book covers the roles and responsibilities of the psychiatric expert witness in the context of case and statute law, administration, training and other practical matters, the medico-legal consultation and the structure and form of the expert report. Specific chapters deal with psychiatric reports in criminal, civil and family cases, as well as inquests, tribunals and other parts of the legal system. Preparation of reports for jurisdictions in the British Isles outside England and Wales is covered. It will be of value to trainee psychiatrists and recently appointed consultants who need a handbook to assist them as they acquire the training, skills and knowledge necessary to prepare expert psychiatric evidence for courts and other legal forums. This book is aimed at psychiatrists who wish to write medico-legal reports and become expert witnesses, but it will also be a useful resource for established expert psychiatric witnesses and the solicitors and barristers who instruct them.

    • Includes sample letters, consent form, specimen criminal report, and other documents that can be adapted for the reader's own use in medico-legal work
    • Brings together in a single volume the requirements of all the relevant rules, guidance and professional codes of practice
    • Uses analysis of relevant case and statute law to assist the reader in addressing legal issues with the detail required by the courts
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    • Date Published: November 2011
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781908020321
    • length: 318 pages
    • dimensions: 240 x 160 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.68kg
    • availability: Temporarily unavailable - available from May 2018
  • Table of Contents

    Foreword The Rt Hon. The Baroness Hale of Richmond, Justice of the Supreme Court
    Preface and acknowledgments
    1. Nature and duties of an expert witness
    2. Training, contractual, administrative and other practical matters
    3. The medico-legal consultation
    4. The structure, organisation and content of the generic report
    5. Reports for criminal proceedings
    6. Reports in personal injury cases
    7. Reports for family proceedings relating to children Reports in cases involving capacity
    8. Reports for tribunals, inquests and other bodies
    9. Reports for the Channel Islands, the Republic of Ireland, the Isle of Man, Northern Ireland and Scotland
    10. Going to court
    11. Maintaining and developing expertise and knowing when to stop
    Appendix 1. Letter of response to request for a report
    Appendix 2. File front sheet
    Appendix 3. Time sheet
    Appendix 4. Appointment letter
    Appendix 5. Information to accompany appointment letter
    Appendix 6. Letter requesting authorisation to use a laptop computer within a prison
    Appendix 7. Consent form
    Appendix 8. Covering letter for a court report
    Appendix 9. CPS declaration and self-certificate
    Appendix 10. A note on judicial titles and their abbreviations in England and Wales
    Appendix 11. Specimen criminal report.

  • Author

    Keith Rix

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