Commonly, we are instructed to comment on mental disorder, possible mental disorder or risk of relapse. Issues of risk form the majority of our instructions in immigration cases; we are often asked to comment on risk of suicide in the context of detention and deportation. Expert Court Reports Ltd accepts instructions from the UK Border Authority, by the Asylum and Immigration chamber of the First-Tier Tribunal and from legal representatives acting for the asylum seeker.
We have experience of providing reports in urgent cases; you may require a report urgently to assist in an appeal against deportation. We recognise time is of the essence, particularly if there is a pending forced removal. As with all our practice, our sole purpose is to provide objective evidence. We welcome instructions from all parties and by doing so, we maintain objectivity and reliability as expert witnesses.
In so many cases of this nature, there is history of profound trauma. At Expert Court Reports we have the necessary expertise to provide detailed assessments of past trauma, the effect of trauma on the present and the potential effects in the future. We have experience of considering the likelihood of adverse effects on an asylum seeker’s mental health. Such knowledge is important when considering such cases as is a comparative assessment of prognosis with or without a return to the country of origin. Although the issue of human rights is a matter for the tribunal or court to decide, expert psychiatrists and psychologists may be called upon to consider certain characteristics which may enable the tribunal or court to make its decision.
We can undertake assessments in your offices, in immigration and removal centres, at court, in third-party premises (such as housing charities etc) and in prison. We are able to provide our expert services within the Legal Aid Agency fee structure.