Role of psychologists as expert witnesses

  1. As set out in Psychologists as expert witnesses: Guidelines and procedure (BPS, 2015):‘An expert is a person who, through special training, study or experience, is able to furnish the Court, tribunal or oral hearing with scientific or technical information which is likely to be outside the experience and knowledge of a Judge, magistrate, convenor or Jury’.Experts may be instructed in the family courts when their expertise is necessary to make decisions in the case.
  2. 2.2  Psychologists offer expertise in considering the individual and collective psychological profiles of different family members, and their impact on key issues and decisions for determination by the Court, in public or private family court proceedings.

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