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Expert Evidence About Violence Risk Assessment: A Study of Canadian Legal Decisions
Mid Sweden University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Department of Social Sciences. Department of Psychology, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, Canada .
Alberta Justice and Solicitor General, Criminal Justice Division, Crown Prosecutor's Office, Edmonton, AB, Canada .
Department of Psychology, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC, Canada .
2013 (English)In: International Journal of Forensic Mental Health, ISSN 1499-9013, E-ISSN 1932-9903, Vol. 12, no 4, p. 287-296Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In recent decades the practice of violence risk assessment and use of violence risk assessment instruments has become widespread in the criminal justice system. How are courts reacting to these developments? Herein the findings of a survey of Canadian case law are reported. Using Quick Law 35 cases were systematically identified in which judges commented on expert evidence regarding violence risk. Judicial comments were summarized with respect to evaluator qualifications, assessment procedures used, and presentation of findings and opinions. Findings indicate a wide variety of judicial preferences including the skill and knowledge of the evaluator, the type of information used, the description of findings and procedures, and the applicability of legal rules. Although potentially useful to evaluators caution is urged regarding the incorporation of some judicial preferences. © 2013 Copyright Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.

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2013. Vol. 12, no 4, p. 287-296
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criminal court, expert evidence, expert witnesses, police, Violence risk assessment report
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Law Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:miun:diva-20995DOI: 10.1080/14999013.2013.867383ISI: 000343183300008Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84890833902OAI: oai:DiVA.org:miun-20995DiVA, id: diva2:687565
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Available from: 2014-01-14 Created: 2014-01-09 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved

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