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Forensic Assessments in Criminal and Civil Law: A Handbook for Lawyers

Edited by: Ronald Roesch, Patricia A. Zapf

ISBN13: 9780199766857
Published: October 2012
Publisher: Oxford University Press USA
Country of Publication: USA
Format: Hardback
Price: £68.00



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While the vast majority of criminal and civil lawyers must at some time come into contact with a forensic mental health evaluation, either when requested by their side or by opposing counsel, most do not know enough about the practice to be informed consumers. Forensic assessments can vary widely based on the assessor's personal preferences, and while there are clearly defined "best practices" for most evaluations, there is no official process by which legal professionals can guarantee these practices are being followed.

Designed to meet the specific needs of lawyers, Forensic Assessments in Criminal and Civil Law: A Handbook for Lawyers provides insight into what to expect from forensic mental health evaluations and how to navigate these assessments with skill and competence. The volume is divided into sections by evaluation type: criminal, civil, and juvenile and family evaluations. Each chapter addresses one of the most commonly requested forensic evaluations and is written by a forensic psychologist with both academic and professional experience with that type of evaluation. Specific evaluation types discussed include competence to stand trial in adults and juveniles, criminal responsibility, violence risk in adults, jury selection, eyewitness identification, personal injury claims, civil commitment, workplace disability, child custody, juveniles' risks and needs, and more. This handbook is a comprehensive, one-stop resource for lawyers, judges, and other legal professionals seeking to further their knowledge of forensic assessments.

Subjects:
Other Jurisdictions , USA
Contents:
CONTENTS
PREFACE
ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTORS
CHAPTER 1: FOUNDATIONS OF FORENSIC MENTAL HEALTH ASSESSMENT
KIRK HEILBRUN, THOMAS GRISSO, ALAN M. GOLDSTEIN, AND CASEY LADUKE
PART 1: CRIMINAL
CHAPTER 2: EVALUATION OF COMPETENCE TO STAND TRIAL IN ADULTS
PATRICIA A. ZAPF AND RONALD ROESCH
CHAPTER 3: EVALUATION OF CRIMINAL RESPONSIBILITY
IRA K. PACKER
CHAPTER 4: EVALUATION OF CAPACITY TO WAIVE MIRANDA RIGHTS
ALAN M. GOLDSTEIN, NAOMI E. SEVIN GOLDSTEIN, AND HEATHER ZELLE
CHAPTER 5: EVALUATION OF SEX OFFENDERS
PHILIP H. WITT AND MARY ALICE CONROY
CHAPTER 6: EVALUATION OF VIOLENCE RISK IN ADULTS
KIRK HEILBRUN, STEPHANIE BROOKS HOLLIDAY, AND CHRISTOPHER KING
CHAPTER 7: EVALUATION FOR JURY SELECTION
MARGARET BULL KOVERA AND BRIAN L. CUTLER
CHAPTER 8: EVALUATION FOR CAPITAL SENTENCING
MARK D. CUNNINGHAM
CHAPTER 9: EVALUATION FOR EYEWITNESS IDENTIFICATION
BRIAN CUTLER AND MARGARET BULL KOVERA
PART 2: CIVIL
CHAPTER 10: EVALUATION FOR GUARDIANSHIP
ERIC Y. DROGIN AND CURTIS L. BARRETT
CHAPTER 11: EVALUATION FOR PERSONAL INJURY CLAIMS
ANDREW W. KANE, ERIN M. NELSON, JOEL A. DVOSKIN, AND STEVEN E. PITT
CHAPTER 12: EVALUATION FOR CIVIL COMMITMENT
DOUGLAS MOSSMAN AND DEBRA A. PINALS
CHAPTER 13: EVALUATION FOR HARASSMENT AND DISCRIMINATION CLAIMS
WILLIAM FOOTE AND JANE GOODMAN-DELAHUNTY
CHAPTER 14: EVALUATION OF WORKPLACE DISABILITY
LISA DRAGO PIECHOWSKI
PART 3: JUVENILE AND FAMILY
CHAPTER 15: EVALUATION FOR CHILD CUSTODY
GERI FUHRMANN AND ROBERT A. ZIBBELL
CHAPTER 16: EVALUATION OF COMPETENCE TO STAND TRIAL IN JUVENILES
IVAN KRUH AND THOMAS GRISSO
CHAPTER 17: EVALUATION OF JUVENILES' RISKS AND NEEDS
ROBERT D. HOGE
CHAPTER 18: EVALUATION FOR DISPOSITION AND TRANSFER OF JUVENILE OFFENDERS
RANDALL T. SALEKIN, KIMBERLY M. PRICE, KATHRYN E. TANT, ELIZABETH W. ADAMS, XINYING ANG, AND JILL ROSENBAUM
CHAPTER 19: EVALUATION OF PARENTING CAPACITY IN CHILD PROTECTION MATTERS
JENNIFER R. CLARK, MARY CONNELL, AND KAREN S. BUDD