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Report Writing and Testimony 

Report Writing and Testimony
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Report Writing and Testimony
Author(s):

Antoinette Kavanaugh

and Thomas Grisso

DOI:
10.1093/med-psych/9780190052812.003.0007
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date: 26 January 2021

This chapter offers guidance for writing one’s report and testifying in Miller cases. It begins with recommendations for discussing the evaluation results and one’s interpretation with the referring party before drafting the report, then describes the value and limitations of discussing the written draft prior to final signing of the report. Then guidance is offered for depositions, which are common in Miller evaluations. Finally, a number of resources are identified that prepare forensic examiners for testimony, followed by examples of, and possible ways to answer, challenging questions that often arise specifically in Miller evaluations. The chapter ends with a general conclusion for the book.

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