November 01, 2019 Mental Health

“License and Registration, Please”: Roadblocks to the Use of Foreign Mental Health Experts

Eric Y. Drogin

This column’s very first offering—some three and a half years ago—referred to instances in which Criminal Justice readers might rely upon “persuasive authority from other jurisdictions.” What happens when we decide that what we really want to access are persuasive experts from other jurisdictions? Like so many other potentially good ideas, this one could backfire without careful preparation. Let’s explore how counsel might consult with a reputable forensic psychologist in order to ensure that out-of-state guests don’t wind up in as much legal trouble as the defendants they’re being invited to evaluate.

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