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Judicial Decision Making About Forensic Mental Health Evidence


Richard E. Redding


Chapman University, Office of the Chancellor

Daniel C. Murrie


affiliation not provided to SSRN

October 21, 2010

Richard E. Redding & Daniel C. Murrie, Judicial Decision Making About Forensic Mental Health Evidence, in Forensic Psychology: Emerging Topics and Expanding Roles 683 (Alan M. Goldstein ed., 2007).

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Judges play a central role in decision making in the justice system. This chapter reviews the extant empirical research on judicial decision making in criminal, juvenile, and civil cases. We discuss judges’ decision making about forensic mental health evidence introduced in these cases, judicial receptivity to various kinds of evidence, and their understanding of clinical and scientific evidence as well as the ways they make rulings about such evidence. We focus on decision making at the trial court level, in those arenas that are most relevant to the forensic mental health practitioner (psychiatrist, psychologist, or social worker) who is called on to provide testimony to the courts.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 25

Keywords: Judges, Decision Making, Forensic Evidence, Mental Health Evidence, Mental Health Experts

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Date posted: October 22, 2010 ; Last revised: May 29, 2014

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Redding, Richard E. and Murrie, Daniel C., Judicial Decision Making About Forensic Mental Health Evidence (October 21, 2010). Richard E. Redding & Daniel C. Murrie, Judicial Decision Making About Forensic Mental Health Evidence, in Forensic Psychology: Emerging Topics and Expanding Roles 683 (Alan M. Goldstein ed., 2007). . Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1695561

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Richard E. Redding (Contact Author)
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