Hypothetical Legal Questions and the Psychiatric Expert
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To challenge the position presented by the psychiatrist in his/her medicolegal report or his/her verbal deposition
To clarify for the judge/s (the decision makers) the expert witness’ concepts and conclusions as they appear in his/her medicolegal report and verbal depositions
The intention of this chapter is to foster the understanding of the meaning and uses of hypothetical questions in court and in this way to assist the psychiatrist expert to react in rationally and effectively when confronted with this type of questions.
To facilitate the comprehension of the chapter, clinical examples and pertinent quotations from relevant literature are analyzed.
KeywordsAnxiety Disorder Medical Report Expert Witness Hypothetical Question Labor Court
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