This column’s inaugural offering referred to situations that might be considered “a blessing as well as a curse.” That notion can be all too apt when mental health examinations reflect makeshift circumstances that are imposed by contemporary health-related events. On the one hand, courts can be glad that some way was found to get the work done at all, but on the other hand, they may have to contend with the implications of physical distancing and its effects upon standardized assessment techniques. Let’s examine how a prosecutor might consult with a reputable forensic psychologist in anticipation of such concerns.
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