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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) Clinical vignette

(1.4) 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) Video: 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) Video: 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) Video: 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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