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The role of the psychologist as expert witness in South African courts

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dc.contributor.author Smith S en
dc.date.accessioned 2016-09-22T08:37:35Z
dc.date.available 2016-09-22T08:37:35Z
dc.date.submitted 1990 en
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11892/35330
dc.description.abstract Psychologists and legal professionals have both noted a lack of training in forensic matters for psychologists. This lack of training has led to many uncertainties with regard to forensic psychology. This study aims to answer as many questions regarding forensic psychology as possible. The important aspects that are addressed are the following: a definition of an expert witness; the standard expected of such a witness; the branches of the law in which the psychologist can play a role; the roles he can assume; and guidelines concerning the preparation and presentation of the psychologist's opinion when acting in the capacity of an expert witness in legal matters. If psychologists adhere to the standards expected of them, they will be able to represent their profession within the legal arena with more skill and confidence. This will lead to the disappearance of the existing scepticism towards the forensic psychologist, and will enhance the trust and respect between psychologists and their legal colleagues. en
dc.language English en
dc.subject Psychology en
dc.subject Clinical psychology en
dc.subject 022 Law en
dc.title The role of the psychologist as expert witness in South African courts en
dc.type Masters degree en
dc.description.degree MSc en


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