Expert Witness Psychologist: Rated excellent ***** 5/5 How Does an Expert Witness Psychologist Help Solicitors, Courts and Tribunals?
An expert witness psychologist provides psychological reports for solicitors, courts and tribunals. In some cases, these may be court ordered psychological assessments in other cases a solicitor may decide to obtain a psychologist report without an order from the Court or Tribunal. Our Medico legal psychologists’ work throughout the UK with a focus on London, Birmingham and Nottingham.
Expert Witness Psychologist
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What Is an Expert Witness Psychologist?
“An expert witness psychologist undertakes a variety of roles as an expert witness in court proceedings."
“Our psychological experts often appear as psychology experts in criminal proceedings, employment tribunal proceedings, civil proceedings, personal injury proceedings, childcare proceedings, family law proceedings, prison law, immigration tribunals, special educational needs and disability tribunals and in house repossession cases.”
Our expert witness psychologists assess adults, children and families in criminal, civil, employment and family proceedings.
What Areas Do Your Legal Psychologists Produce Psychologist Expert Witness Reports On?
- Cognitive functioning
- Behavioural difficulties
- Personality disorder
- Educational needs
- Forensic risk
- Mental Health
- Learning difficulties
- Motivation to change
- Domestic Abuse
- Family dynamics
- Substance Misuse
- Ability to protect
- Learning difficulties
- Sexual abuse
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What Are The Main Advantages of Using Advanced Assessments Expert Witness Psychologists?
Speed of Response
We provide a rapid response to enquiries and have the facility to take instructions seven days a week. In suitable cases we can produce reports within seven days from instruction.
Quality of Service
Our work is quality assured by a rigorous system of quality review which in appropriate cases includes peer reviews and reviews by the assessing experts witness’ supervisor.
Experience and Expertise
All experts have extensive expertise in their area of practice. There is ongoing training and development.
We provide ongoing support throughout and after the proceedings. We are a firm of expert witness psychologists show you can count on us to be here to support you in years to come.
Criminal Psychologist ― How Do They Help Solicitors and the Court?
Criminal psychologists act as experts to the court in criminal proceedings. As criminal law expert witnesses, our expert witness psychologists may assist the court by advising the court on a variety of issues including:
Expert Witness - What Does An Expert Psychologist Do?
Our expert witnesses also provide objective advice on areas such as whether the offender has a personality disorder, offender personality assessments, information on whether the offender needs special measures, the reliability of witnesses, false memory syndrome, criminal responsibility, and whether the defendant or witness needs special measures.
The assessments of cognitive functioning and learning disability provide structured recommendations for any adaptations that need to be made in court. Our medicolegal psychologist also has experience in assessing whether defendants and complainants have Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Our psychology experts pride themselves on producing high quality and comprehensive reports which are accessible to the jury. Our psychological expert ensures that all relevant factors that may have impacted on the defendant’s thought processes when the alleged offence was committed are fully explored.
Risk Assessment Psychology – How Do We Help Solicitors and Barristers?
Risk assessment psychology is an essential aspect of our work. Our psychological expert witnesses work with solicitors, barristers and courts to carry out a psychological risk assessment. Prison often makes the psychological symptoms that defendants suffer from worse. The forensic psychologist expert witness will explore the likely impact of a prison sentence on the defendant if convicted.
Our objective risk assessments psychologist reports have been found to be very helpful for the court, and probation when deciding on whether to give the defendant a custodial sentence. Our psychological risk assessment process is rigorous, and we use several risk assessment measures, including the:
- Historical, Clinical, Risk Management 20 (HCR-20 and HCR20v3);
- Inventory of Offender Risk, Needs, and Strengths (IRONS);
- Psychopath Checklist-Revised (PCL-R);
- Child Pornography Offender Risk Tool (CPORT);
- Rapid Assessment for Sexual Offence Recidivism (RRASOR);
- Risk for Sexual Violence Protocol (RSVP);
- Violent Extremism Risk Assessment, Version 2-Revised (VERA-2R);
- Fire Setting Risk Assessment Tool for Youth (FRAT-Y);
- Adult Adolescent Parenting Inventory – Version 2 (AAPI-2.1);
- Structured Assessment of Violence and Risk in Youth (SAVRY);
- Violence Risk Appraisal Guide (VRAG)
- Sex Offender Risk Appraisal Guide (SORAG)
- Structured Assessment of Protective Factors for Violence Risk (SAPROF)
- Structured Assessment of Protective Factors for Violence Risk – Youth Version (SAPROF-YV)
- Child Abuse Potential Inventory (CAPI)
- Checklist for Child Abuse Evaluation (CCAE)
- Childhood Trauma Questionnaire (CTO)
- Child Sexual Behaviour Inventory (CSBI)
- Spousal Assault Risk Assessment Guide (SARA)
- House-Tree-Person and Draw A Person as Measures of Abuse in Children: Quantitative Scoring System (H-T-P/D-A-P).
The objective assessments indicated above are used as part of the evidence to determine risk. However, evidence from a wide variety of sources, including clinical interviews, the analysis of medical, educational, probation, prison, and social work records, and the Crown Prosecution Service files. Information from people that know the defendant well is also used in the assessment of risk.
What Is A Civil Law Or Personal Injury Expert Witness Psychologist?
Civil law or personal injury expert witness psychologists produce high quality in-depth medicolegal reports to tight timeframes. Our medico-legal experts work with private and public sector bodies to provide reports. We frequently work with solicitors, insurance companies, rehabilitation companies and case management companies in writing excellent psychological reports.
Our expert witness psychologists may assist the court by advising the court on a variety of issues including:
As medicolegal psychologists in civil proceedings, our expert psychologists are frequently asked to assess the likely psychological consequences of a traumatic injury such as depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, or chronic pain. In some cases, there is a head injury, and our psychological experts are asked to carry out neuropsychological assessments to assess damage to cognitive ability, memory dysfunction, and executive function as a result of the injury. Our expert psychologists frequently provide an evaluation of the long-term impact of personal injury on the ability of the claimant to work and carry out their normal day-to-day activities.
Psychologist expert witnesses also carry out assessments of capacity to deal with assets and make a will where there is a doubt that the individual may lack the mental ability to manage their own affairs.
What Is A Prison Law Expert Witness Psychologist?
Our prison law expert witness psychologist provides psychological reports for individuals preparing for Parole Board hearings. These reports address any mental health issues and risks. Comprehensive risk assessments are carried out of the individual seeking parole. Work with those who will support the individual seeking parole in the community is also completed so that the Parole Board have a detailed understanding of the psychological supports which the individual has in the community to stop reoffending.
Prison law expert witness psychologists also carry out assessments on the suitability of the prison which the offender is placed in. We advise whether, given the offender's current mental health condition, they are best placed in a secure or open environment. We also recommend additional support and treatment; for example, this can include placement in a Psychologically Informed Planned Environment or a Therapeutic Community.
Our prison law expert psychologists have worked with sex offenders and provided reports for HMP prison services and the courts. Neuropsychologists in our practice provide excellent assessments for prisoners who may have a brain injury or other neurological conditions which impact on their brain function. These neuropsychological assessments include assessments of dementia and mental capacity.
Our prison law psychological experts provide assessments of the needs of offenders and deliver training programs to avert offenders from reoffending. We work closely with a range of agencies in diverting offenders from prison. We offer assessments and consultations at all stages of the offender pathway.
The assessments that we carry out include assessments of mental health needs; cognitive assessments; assessments of self-harm; sexual offending; and risk of violence. Our prison law psychologist experts also carry out evaluations of the effect of trauma, neglect and abuse on the prisoner.
Our medicolegal psychologists work on a range of issues, including commendations for parole and assessments for appeals.
We assess the offender’s thinking skills and their ability to manage their emotions and look at how this will impact on their ability to build a successful life in the community.
Several of our expert witness psychologists have extensive experience of working with the probation service and the prison. Cases are allocated to a dedicated practice manager who will work with the expert psychologist or psychiatrist to ensure that you have a high level of support throughout the process.
How Much Are Medico Legal Report Fees?
Medicolegal report fees can be charged at the Legal Aid Rate if the solicitor instructing us has a current Legal Aid Representation Order, subject to availability. Failing that our expert witness fees will be chargeable at our standard professional rate for our medicolegal reports. In some jurisdictions, the expert witness fees are recoverable from the losing party. In any event, medicolegal report fees may be recoverable if the court is satisfied that the opposing party acted unreasonably under the usual costs order rules.
Find Out More About the Role of An Expert Witness Psychologist
- Psychologists as Expert Witnesses - Guidelines and Procedures for England, Wales, Scotland, and Northern Ireland
Expert Witness Directory
Expert Witness Psychologist Directory
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