December 01, 2017 Substantive Law

Preserving Your Psychiatric Expert’s Integrity in Criminal Matters: From Retention Through Testimony

By Helen M. Farrell

Reprinted with permission from Criminal Justice, Fall 2017 (32:3), at 15-17. ©2017 by the American Bar Association. Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved. This information or any or portion thereof may not be copied or disseminated in any form or by any means or stored in an electronic database or retrieval system without the express written consent of the American Bar Association.

Forensic psychiatry, a specialized branch of medicine, deals with the interface of mental health and the law. Matters arise that encompass both the civil and criminal realms of law. When it comes to the latter, stakes are high and criminal defense attorneys are dedicated to a positive outcome for their client. This often entails hiring a forensic psychiatrist to offer expert opinions, and often testimony, regarding the matter at hand.

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