Forensic Experts and Attorneys: Communication Process
As we have seen in this book, mental health professionals speak different languages and approach situations differently from attorneys and judges. As we have written this book from the perspective of both the forensic expert and the lawyer, we need to spend some time learning how to communicate effectively with each other. In this chapter we begin by suggesting a communication strategy that begins at the time the contract to perform services begins and goes up through the expert submitting a report and testifying in a legal proceeding. We summarize the steps in Table 21-1 and provide some description in the text that follows. In the second section of the chapter, we present discussion of practical solutions to difficulties when an expert and attorney work together during the actual testimony itself.
KeywordsExpert Testimony Forensic Expert Forensic Evaluation Entire File Cross Examination
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