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What do the judges want and expect from psychologists as expert witnesses? These articles are about how the law views psychology, psychologists and mental health generally. The information in these articles primarily comes from NSW Court of Criminal Appeal Case Law.
A useful psychologist’s report to the court for sentencing could have at least three layers of credibility.
When a psychologist writes a court report, how much is hearsay and how much is evidence?
Intellectual disability in relation to committing a sexual assault.
There are at least four ways in which an offender’s mental health is relevant to sentencing.
The importance for psychologists to address the circumstances of the offence.
What special considerations are needed in sentencing adults who suffered childhood trauma? Could Muldrock (2011) provide a perspective?
A psychologist’s court report is only as good as the information that it’s based upon.