In recent years, there has been an enormous push to discuss, support and highlight mental health and wellbeing. When it comes to court, the protection of vulnerable individuals is just as important. From Family Law to Criminal Defence cases, the role of a psychology expert witness is more valued than ever. As providers of the most reputable UK psychology expert witnesses, we have noticed an increase in their appointment by solicitors.
A psychology expert witness will have dedicated their career to the study of the cognitive function, motivations and the manifestations of behavioural disorders, learning disabilities, and mental health problems. Whilst a psychiatrist expert will diagnose and provide medical treatment for particular mental illnesses, a clinical psychologist will usually take a therapeutic approach. With vast clinical experience, a psychology expert witness can truly strengthen a case. Today we want to share how.
Instructed by a solicitor, a psychology expert witness will evaluate the existing evidence and perform a series of psychological assessments. The purpose of these assessments will vary with each case.
In a divorce case involving children, for example, the psychologist expert witness can perform ‘parent screening’ where they may understand which parent is better able to care for and support the children and therefore the more appropriate choice for custody. In a criminal defence case, the psychologist expert witness can assess the defendant in order to understand their motivations and whether they acted with intent or as a result of a behavioural disorder or mental health problem.
As in their professional capacity as a psychologist, the psychology expert witness is appointed to ensure the wellbeing of the individuals involved with the case. In these assessments the psychologist expert witness may uncover significant evidence which with their professional credibility will strengthen the given case.
Documenting the assessment results, the psychology report is often an essential component to strengthening a case. It isn’t breaking news that psychology is a complex field. Notably, the psychology report is detailed and precise without being in accessible to those without the level of expertise honed by a psychology expert witness.
The psychology report is able to strengthen a case for two main reasons. Firstly, the report can be used directly by the solicitor to build their case ready to be presented in court. Secondly, like the solicitor the court is highly unlikely to share the profound knowledge and clinical experience of the psychology expert witness therefore by delivering the report to the court they can make an informed decision. In providing a psychology report, the psychology expert witness enables fair trial.
In addition to a psychology report, the psychology expert witness may give their expert opinion in court. Confirming what is documented in the report and the case presented by the solicitor, the psychology expert witness can give their professional judgement on what has happened and what they believe should happen next. Ultimately, the psychology expert witness can prioritise wellbeing with the strength of their professional standing and minimise the risk of the miscarriage of justice.
At Foresight Clinical Services, we can promise a fast turnaround on reports without compromising on quality. If you require a psychology expert witness for your case, get in touch with one of our experienced case managers today.