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Rix's Expert Psychiatric Evidence 2nd ed

Edited by: Keith Rix, Laurence Mynors-Wallis, Ciaran Craven

ISBN13: 9781911623687
Previous Edition ISBN: 9781908020321
Published: December 2020
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £49.99

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Rix's Expert Psychiatric Evidence is a resource manual and guide for psychiatrists who provide expert testimony. It covers the entire expert psychiatric witness journey, from training and negotiation of instructions, through medicolegal assessment, report preparation, experts' meetings and joint statements, and conferences with counsel, to giving evidence in court along with advice on keeping up to date. Introductory chapters include essential information on the law of expert evidence and the different procedures in the criminal, civil, family and coroners' courts. It now includes in depth information on all eight jurisdictions of the British Isles. It is richly illustrated with reported and unreported cases including many important ones from the previous ten years, particularly relating to vulnerable witnesses and defendants. The book is supplemented by a library of online letters, forms, a new format report template and other documents which can be downloaded and adapted by readers for their own use.

Key Features

  • All relevant case law, statute law, procedure, rules and guidance are together in a single volume, meaning readers won't need to look elsewhere for further information
  • Packed with practical guidance, readers will quickly be able to write reports that have maximum impact in assisting the administration of justice
  • Addresses the interface between psychiatry and the law
  • Will be of value to both the experienced and the novice witness

Evidence, Mental Health Law
1. The expert medical witness
2. Courts, laws and procedures
3. Training, development and the maintenance of expertise
4. Business matters
5. The medicolegal consultation
6. The report, amendments, answers to questions, experts' meetings and conferences
7. Reports for criminal proceedings and in prison cases
8. Personal injury cases
9. Reports for family proceedings relating to children
10. Reports in cases involving capacity
11. Reports for the First-Tier Tribunal (Health, Education and Social Care Chamber) Mental Health
12. Reports in immigration and asylum cases
13. Reports in employment, disability discrimination and pension cases
14. Reports for fitness to practise, conduct and performance proceedings
15. Coroners courts and fatal accident inquiries
16. How to read an expert medical report
17. Going to court
Appendix A: specimen criminal report on Daniel MacNaughtan
Appendix B: specimen personal injury report on Charles Dickens
Appendix 1: letter of response to request for a report
Appendix 2: time sheet
Appendix 3: cost estimates
Appendix 4: sample contract for litigants-in-person soliciting reports
Appendix 5: file front sheet
Appendix 6: appointment letter
Appendix 7: information to accompany appointment letter
Appendix 8: consent form for medicolegal report
Appendix 9: General Data Protection Regulation consent form
Appendix 10: privacy notice
Appendix 11: notes of history and examination findings for Appendix B
Appendix 12: declaration for an expert report in the Republic of Ireland
Appendix 13: additional declaration for Experts in England and Wales instructed by the Prosecution only
Appendix 14: expert witness self-certificate for Experts in England and Wales instructed by the Prosecution only
Appendix 15: report covering letter.