The independent lawyer consultation: A practicum of ethics for the forensic mental health expert

S. Jan Brakel*, Diane S. Goldstein, Rodgers M. Wilson

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

The opportunity to obtain an independent legal consultation on a case protects the forensic mental health expert against being manipulated by the retaining lawyer. Such manipulation - also articulated as attorney seduction/intimidation - presents a serious threat to the integrity of the forensic process. A case study is presented to show how the independent legal consultation can save the forensic expert from being misled. The case comes from a workplace in which the availability of a legal consultant is built in. Some speculations are offered regarding the extension of this concept to settings not so endowed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)169-189
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Psychiatry and Law
Volume32
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2004
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Law

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