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Writing Reports for Court: An International Guide for Psychologists Who Work in the Criminal Jurisdiction

Writing Reports for Court: An International Guide for Psychologists Who Work in the Criminal Jurisdiction
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Writing Reports for Court: An International Guide for Psychologists Who Work in the Criminal Jurisdiction

Jack White, Andrew Day, Louisa Hackett and J. Thomas Dalby

Psychologists are increasingly being asked to give evidence in court as expert witnesses, yet for some it can be a harrowing experience. Writing Reports for Court provides essential support for psychologists when preparing a court report and giving evidence. 


A well prepared report underpins an effective court presentation. The credibility of a psychologist called upon to prepare a report for court will be questioned if the document presented is viewed poorly. The court will place little weight on the report and the psychologist's professional reputation will be placed at risk. 


This book offers guidance on the content and structure of reports, highlights the importance of assessments that directly address the legal questions under consideration, and includes detailed descriptions of relevant law and practice in Australia, Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, New Zealand and Singapore. 


Featuring several comprehensive case studies, this book serves as an excellent resource for any working psychologist who may find themselves in a criminal court as well as any psychologist or student considering a career in forensic work.



Writing Reports for Court: An International Guide for Psychologists Who Work in the Criminal Jurisdiction

 Jack White, Andrew Day, Louisa Hackett and J. Thomas Dalby

Chapter 1 Introduction

  • Difference Between a Witness of Fact and an Expert Witness
  • Guidelines for Expert Witnesses
  • The Report Structure
  • The Introduction
  • Background Material
  • Current Legal Matter

Chapter 2 The Psychological Assessment

  • Behaviour During the Assessment
  • Essential Elements of Psychological Tests
  • Performance Based Tests
  • Availability of Treatment or Rehabilitation
  • Impression Management and Malingering
  • Psycho-Legal Tests

Chapter 3 Opinion

  • Court Report: Mr Jack Jones
  • Court Report: Mr William Pitt
  • Court Report: Mr Leonard Panther
  • Court Report: Mr Jason Collins
  • Court Report: Mr Arthur Askey

Chapter 4 Going to Court as an Expert Witness

  • Know the Legal Landscape
  • Pre-Trial Consultation
  • Preparation
  • Getting Qualified or 'Proofed' as an Expert
  • The Scientific Expert
  • Examination in Chief
  • Cross-Examination
  • Re-Direct
  • Post-Trial Consultation
  • Advanced Performance

Chapter 5 Report Writing in Different Jurisdictions

  • United States of America
  • Canada
  • United Kingdom
  • Australia
  • New Zealand
  • Singapore
  • References
  • Appendix - Example Practice Direction
  • Glossary of Psychological Tests
  • Index


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