ERIC Number: ED264663
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
Courtroom Practice Guidelines for School Psychologists: Expert Testimony and Report Writing.
Stumme, James M.
The monograph is intended to help school psychologists understand the special procedures, techniques, and considerations necessary for providing effective courtroom interventions, specifically expert testimony and written reports. Beginning with an explanation of lay and expert witnesses, the monograph goes on to stress the importance of pretrial preparation factors: information gathering; information dissemination; utilization of files, records, and face sheets; legal consultation and preparation; presentation of professional credentials; use of visual aids; courtroom conditioning; and dress and demeanor in court. The direct examination is then described and information provided on the adversarial process, advocacy, and responses to questions. Cross-examination, including common traps used by attorneys, is analyzed Report writing is briefly reviewed in terms of its components and its differences from the traditional psychological report. A sample written court report and one page of references concludes the document. (CL)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Counselors; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Iowa State Dept. of Public Instruction, Des Moines. School Psychological Services.