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A Handbook for Expert Witnesses in Children Act Cases 2nd ed

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ISBN13: 9781846610349
Previous Edition ISBN: 0853086281
Published: November 2007
Publisher: Family Law LexisNexis
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback & CD-ROM
Price: £44.99

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A Handbook for Expert Witnesses in Children Act Cases provides practical advice and guidance for expert witnesses who need to prepare reports and give evidence under the Children Act 1989, with a view to promoting good practice.

This new edition of the handbook is fully updated, includes several new chapters, and explains the way in which the courts, hearing proceedings relating to children, approach expert evidence. It aims to dispel misunderstandings and to help doctors and other related professionals to achieve an awareness and understanding of the important legal developments which have recently taken place. Accordingly the book aims to encourage more suitably qualified experts to take on this very important work.

The Rt Hon Lord Justice Wall brings together advice and comment on the respective roles of the expert and the judge, the general duties of expert witnesses, preparing reports and giving evidence in child proceedings, to produce an essential guide for expert witnesses, judges and legal practitioners.

Includes CD-ROM containing the updated Expert Witness Pack, revised by Dr Eileen Vizard, Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist, NSPCC and Penny Cooper, Barrister, Associate Dean, The City Law School and Inns of Court School of Law

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Evidence, Family Law
Meadow v GMC ;Why am I Doing This? ;The Nature of Family Proceedings Relating to Children ;Three Cardinal Principles Governing Family Proceedings ;The Respective Roles of Expert and Judge: Why the Professional Integrity of Experts is so Important ;The General Duties of Experts ;What you can Advise the Judge about ;Preliminary Enquiries of the Expert ;The nature of the Brief Given by the Court ;The Letter of Instruction ;Your Enquiries: The General Rule and Some Pitfalls ;Discussions Between Experts Prior to Reports being Written ;Meetings of Experts Directed by the Court ;Pre-hearing Conferences with Counsel and/or with the Solicitor who has Commissioned the Expert Report ;Joint Instructions ;Where there are both Criminal and Care Proceedings under the Children Act ;Writing the Report ;Changing your Opinion ;Preparing for Court ;Witness Summonses ;What happens at and in Court: Introduction ;At Court: Who can you Talk to? ;Giving Evidence ;Feedback and Complaints ;Payment of Experts’ Fees and Charges ;The Public Law Protocol: Appendix C ;The Family Justice Council ;The Relevance of the Human Rights Act 1998 and The European Convention on Human Rights ;Which Expert? Psychiatrist or Psychologist? ;Reliance on Psychometric Testing ;Anonymous or Partial Instructions ;The Dangers of being the Single Expert ;What if you are the Treating Clinician? ;Difficult Medical Issues in which the Court has Become Involved? ;Will you be Named? ;Anonymity in Proceedings ;BAILII ;Appendices;