Mental Health

What if They Held a Hearing and Nobody Came? Scheduling the Expert Witness

Eric Y. Drogin

A British “department head”—their version of a law school dean—once alluded wistfully to how well universities would run if it weren’t necessary to have students. While a criminal justice practitioner might fantasize along the same lines when it comes to expert witnesses, we know we can’t get by without them … so, wouldn’t it be nice if we could at least get them to show up? Some two years ago, this column’s initial offering extended a tongue-in-cheek “welcome to forensic mental health” when referring to exasperating, yet unavoidable challenges we all face in this arena. Let’s examine how defense counsel might interact with a reputable forensic psychologist in determining how to clear this inevitable hurdle:

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