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Section 1: Legal responsibilities as an expert witness

(1.1) Section 1: Legal responsibilities as an expert witness

(1.2) What is an expert witness?

(1.3) Audio: case study

(1.4) Case study: suggested answer

(1.5) The responsibilities of an expert witness

(1.6) The limitations of evidence as an expert witness

(1.7) Reflection: suggested answers

(1.8) Quiz: Roles and responsibilities

(1.9) Statutory declarations as an expert witness

(1.10) Section 1: Recap

(1.11) Section 1: Summary

 

Section 2: Introduction to medico-legal reports in asylum cases and understanding legal instructions

(2.1) Section 2: Introduction to medico-legal reports in asylum cases and understanding legal instructions

(2.2) Why are psychiatric medico-legal reports requested in asylum claims?

(2.3) When might a psychiatric medico-legal report be requested during legal proceedings?

(2.4) What to ask and agree on before taking instructions from a solicitor

(2.5) What to expect from instructions

(2.6) When and how to challenge inadequate instructions

(2.7) Examples of appropriate instruction questions

(2.8) Interactive exercise: What is wrong with these instructions?

(2.9) Section 2: Recap

(2.10) Section 2: Summary

 

Section 3: The format and style of medico-legal reports

(3.1) Section 3: The format and style of medico-legal reports

(3.2) How do you write an expert report?

(3.3) The required inclusions in a medico-legal report in an asylum case

(3.4) Formatting a medico-legal report in an asylum case

(3.5) Style of prose in a medico-legal report in an asylum case

(3.6) Reflection: style of prose in a medico-legal report in an asylum case

(3.7) Reflection: suggested answer

(3.8) Common mistakes in expert witness reports

(3.9) Example structure of a medico-legal report in an asylum case

(3.10) Interactive exercise: appropriate wording

(3.11) Section 3: Recap

(3.12) Section 3: Summary

 

Section 4: Specific issues in asylum cases

(4.1) Section 4: Specific issues in asylum cases

(4.2) Diagnosis

(4.3) Interactive exercise: prognosis and treatment

(4.4) Capacity

(4.5) Late disclosure and inconsistencies

(4.6) Reflection: suggested answer

(4.7) Fitness to fly

(4.8) Impact of forced removal

(4.9) Section 4: Recap

(4.10) Section 4: Summary

 

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Appendix I: Statement of truth and responsibilities

Appendix II: Example structure of a medico-legal report in an asylum case

 

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