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Current views of solicitors on psychiatric court reports

  • David Marchevsky (a1)
Abstract

This survey evaluates current views of non-medical professionals on the style of court report writing. A random sample of 120 solicitors who worked in the criminal field in London participated in this survey. The usable return was 72%. Up to 76% favoured changes in standards of report writing because of problems concerning clarity of style and use of jargon. The majority objected to reports being prepared by non-consultant psychiatrists.

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BJPsych Bulletin
  • ISSN: 0955-6036
  • EISSN: 1472-1473
  • URL: /core/journals/bjpsych-bulletin
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