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Journal of Psychiatric Practice:
doi: 10.1097/01.pra.0000422743.72247.25
COLUMNS: Law and Psychiatry

How Lawyers View Psychiatric Experts

REID, WILLIAM H. MD, MPH; SKIP SIMPSON, JD

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Abstract

Good lawyers look for integrity in their expert con- sultants and expert witnesses. They need truthful, accurate information to help them assess and frame cases, win or settle them favorably, and/or with- draw when the case has little merit. Experts should be well qualified to review, interpret, and eventual- ly testify credibly about their portions of the case. They should be able to work with lawyers in the lawyers’ own arenas (e.g., courts, hearings) and to convey their opinions to others, such as juries, clearly and without unnecessary distractions. (Journal of Psychiatric Practice 2012;18:444–447)

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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