At Expert Court Reports, we can provide psychological reports for solicitors, courts, tribunals and private individuals. We work with experienced psychologists who can undertake specialist psychological assessments and who have expertise in writing comprehensive and authoritative reports in a number of different legal settings.
All our psychologists have experience of clinical practice both in the NHS and in private settings. We also work with forensic psychologists who have experience of working with offenders in both custodial and community settings. The varied experience of our psychologists means that they have a sound understanding of the UK healthcare and criminal justice systems. We use our existing knowledge of forensic psychology and apply it to the facts to produce a report that you can rely on. We also understand the need for a quick turnaround regarding any expert report. Our clients trust that they can instruct us to act as an independent expert witness or create a specialist psychological report swiftly and with minimum input.
What is an expert witness?
An expert witness is instructed to provide an independent opinion on the information provided to them. A person is selected as an expert witness because they have the necessary qualifications and/or a vast range of experience in a certain area.
What is an expert witness psychologist?
A psychologist is a mental health professional who employs psychotherapy and behavioural interventions to treat mental health issues. Psychologists are different from psychiatrists. Clinical psychologists work with people with mental disorders often in collaboration with psychiatrists. However, there are other types of psychologists including forensic and educational psychologists. Psychology is a postgraduate profession: all psychologists require postgraduate training to be recognised by the protected title of psychologist.
A psychologist acting as an expert witness will provide information to courts and tribunals in all manner of cases, from criminal trials to personal injury claims and family law matters. In spending time with a solicitor’s client and/or examining their medical records, a psychologist can answer questions such as:
- Has a claimant suffered psychological harm following an accident or illness caused by the alleged negligence of the defendant?
- Is an employee experiencing post-traumatic stress disorder following alleged bullying and/or sexual misconduct?
- The effect of taking a child away from their family in care proceedings
- Whether a defendant in criminal proceedings was suggestible or compliant
- Whether a defendant or claimant is intellectually impaired
- Whether a defendant or claimant’s prognosis would be improved by accessing talking or psychological therapy
This is only a small sample of how psychologists act as expert witnesses in legal proceedings. For more information, please call us on 01865 587865.
What is forensic psychology?
A forensic psychologist assesses and treats criminal behaviour. They are often called on to establish mental capacity or clinically evaluate whether a person is mentally fit to stand trial. They also advise in family and personal injury cases.
When acting as an expert witness, a forensic psychologist is responsible for ensuring the evidence they give is of the proper quality and based on the appropriate research and applied evidence.
When you select a psychologist as an expert witness, you need to ensure that they have the right type of experience to provide a valuable opinion in your particular case and the communication skills to present their findings either in writing or orally in Court.
Our team has been working with legal professionals for many years and our Principal Forensic Psychologist, Avril McAlees has over twenty years’ experience in conducting assessments and delivering therapeutic interventions to both individuals and groups.
Miss McAlees has appeared many times in the Youth Court and Family Courts, as well as providing evidence at Parole Board hearings and in the Criminal Court. She has also worked in specialist (ASD) autism spectrum disorder and learning disability (LD) services and has operated collaboratively with the Fire and Rescue Service and the NSPCC, acting as a consultant to them, in relation to fire setting behaviours in children, child protection issues, supporting non-abusive parents, and running treatment groups.
How can an expert witness psychologist help with my case?
Our team can assist you with any of the following:
- Mental capacity and fitness to stand trial
- Re-offending risk assessments
- IQ and cognitive functioning
- Suggestibility and false confessions
- Witness reliability
- Criminal responsibility
- Pre-sentencing reports
- Neuropsychological assessments
- Mental health and personality disorder assessments
- Sex offender risk assessments
- Prison parole hearing assessments
- Psychological effects of a personal injury
- Industrial psychology matters
- Domestic violence matters
- Children’s law matters