Crossfire! How to Survive Giving Expert Evidence as a by Bruce Stevens

By Bruce Stevens

As psychologists, we're hugely informed psychological well-being execs. within the consulting room we're regularly ‘in regulate’ and feature an outstanding suppose for what's taking place. even if, in a courtroom of legislation, it may be relatively scary as something can take place. The vulnerability we consider in a court docket is a qualified vulnerability. for the reason that a psychologist could be made to imagine that his or her competence is at the line. this isn't frequently the case, however it is what it appears like. it will be significant for us to understand that during courtroom it really is our opinion that issues. however the technique feels own. This ebook is written that can assist you improve realizing and abilities so you might consider convinced in offering specialist proof. The structure of the e-book isn't just to provide you with details, as an alternative it's also dependent to mirror the way in which psychologists can enhance specialist competence via supervision. You, the reader, will eavesdrop on supervision classes with Jason and Mary. The publication contains functional feedback and attention on abilities, in addition to established routines to coaching with friends. whereas it's not meant to be accomplished, Crossfire!’s procedure will contact on a few of the concerns which are very important within the felony procedure. Its specific concentration is allowing psychologists in Australia to think convinced in court.

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Also, I think it is helpful to the judge to be as transparent about your logic as possible. Outline A–B–C, not A–C (Watts, 2004, p. 86). Never make guru-like pronouncements. … I do this in my reports, so it is consistent to follow the same line in the court. I thought for a moment and then continued. ’. Her response was very much to the point, careful and well considered, ‘No I cannot be certain, but I am advising the court on what I think is the best, given the circumstances’. I think Mary is already very competent in presenting expert evidence in court.

I think he took it as a compliment, but I was reminding him of his primary role in the proceedings. Mary initially found the barristers very intimidating, but noted that this was changing. I agreed. It will continue to change with experience. For me it has become all about the evidence. I have a better sense of what is legally important in a case and I look for ways to ‘get it on record’. That is what counts. x 27/6/08 12:00 PM Page 51 Different Barristers, Same Tricks contribute to what should be a fair process that establishes what is important for the parties.

This conveyed that Mary was an expert to the court and not to Care and Protection. What happened next was interesting. The magistrate asked the crucial question about risks to the children. It is possible that she was concerned about the mother’s competence, and was probably thinking about following Mary’s recommendations but wanted to be satisfied that she had considered risks to the children remaining in care. I also liked the way Mary used the names of the children — Jake and Hannah. This makes the legal process personal, which of course it is, though it can seem abstract at times.

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