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Psychological healthiness and human provider pros are frequently known as directly to provide facts or specialist testimony in various conditions, together with family members legislation and baby welfare trials, psychological healthiness hearings, malpractice court cases, legal trials, executive hearings, and personal arbitration. Interacting with the felony approach poses many strength demanding situations, yet enough education and a easy realizing of criminal methods and terminology could make the adventure a extra optimistic one.
This quantity offers sensible info and confirmed guidance to aid clinicians from any history comprehend their function in criminal proceedings-and take part successfully, ethically, and with minimum rigidity. designated positive aspects comprise worthwhile checklists and samples of affidavits, retainer agreements, and different fabrics that may be tailored to be used within the reader's personal practice.
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You only observe what happens in the courtroom, and only a small percentage of cases—those with “juicy” issues or popular appeal—end up on television. You do not see many of the mundane elements of legal proceedings, the private negotiations, or the real impact of the process on the parties involved. As a clinician preparing to be a witness, watching courtroom dramas provides limited value beyond entertainment. If Alice were representing Philip in divorce proceedings, she would not likely have the opportunity to play to the cameras or to earn millions from the book rights.
Although awarding punitive damages is much less common than compensatory damages, punitive damages may be awarded to deter people from committing wanton, willful, or malicious acts (Madden, 2003). Thus, if Frieda’s malpractice were based on simple negligence (forgetting to follow up due to a highly demanding workload), the court would likely order compensatory damages but refuse to award punitive damages. If Frieda maliciously defrauded Philip and Paula for personal financial gain, the court might be more apt to award punitive damages (Philip Morris USA v.
The remaining chapters deal with more specialized issues, such as acting as an expert witness or participating in Introduction 29 pretrial disclosure processes. If you are looking for information on particular topics or legal terms, check the index and glossary at the end of the book. Appendices A through F provide sample forms and legal documents. Appendix G offers interesting case scenarios and questions designed to help you reflect on various issues related to issues from each chapter. You may also use these cases and questions for discussion with colleagues in the field.