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Being an Expert Witness - Ethical, Business and Professional Issues
This workshop aims to enable psychologists to understand the important ethical, business and professional issues associated with becoming or already being an expert witness. The workshop is suitable for those considering such work or have experience. It is suitable for members of all divisions.
09:30 Registration/Tea and Coffee
10:00 Workshop starts
16:00 Workshop ends
Attendees will discuss the term 'Expert Witness' and the duties of an expert witness. The difference between being an expert in civil, criminal and family cases will be explored. Information will be given on how to manage the business aspects including how to approach solicitors for work, setting fee scales and more.
The Expert Witness Report is the foundation of Expert Witness work and a poorly written report may lead to Attendees will discuss the term 'Expert Witness' and the duties of an Expert Witness. The difference between being an expert in civil, criminal and family cases will be explored. Information will be given on how to manage the business aspects including how to approach solicitors for work, setting fee scales and more.
The Expert Witness Report is the foundation of expert witness work and a poorly written report may lead to questions about the Expert’s competence. Attendees will learn how to prepare reports which are more valuable to the commissioning solicitor and the court as well as defensible, so less vulnerable to cross examination in the witness box.
The appearance of the expert witness in court can add credibility or discredit a previously written psychological report. Your reputation as an expert witness will be governed by your ability to present your material and opinions clearly and in a style that fits within the court system. Attendees will learn how to prepare for a court appearance and how to deal with cross examination in the witness box.
The link between the well written legal report and the court appearance will be explored so the participant can feel more confident in this stressful aspect of expert witness work. The course is aimed at both beginners and experienced expert witnesses across all division.
- Understand the role and responsibilities of being an expert witness
- Understand how fees are calculated for legal settings
- Understand what is important for the instructing solicitor (so generating future instructions)
- Understand the link between a well written report and the expert’s experience in the witness box
- Understand the importance of a well written report in the legal system
- Understand the relationship between a well written defendable report and their subsequent experience in the witness box
- Understand what the legal profession are looking for in an expert report
Facilitator: Susan van Scoyoc CPsychol CSci
Susan is a Chartered Psychologist and Chartered Scientist. She is a member of the Division of Counselling Psychology, the Division of Health Psychology, and is a founding member of the Register of Psychologists Specialising in Psychotherapy. Susan is a UK Registered Expert Witness working in areas such as human rights, family law and cognitive testing.
Society Member £100 + VAT
Non-Member £160 + VAT
How to book
Register for this workshop online on the BPS Shop.
To pay by cheque or to request an invoice, complete and return the registration form.
To pay by Maestro, call +44(0)116 252 9512.
500 Argyle Street
BPS Learning Centre
Tel: +44(0)116 252 9925