What's a criminal psychologists job role in court?

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So I've read up about criminal psychologists and their job roles. I've learnt that they have a hard time in court and ofen have to defend themselves. Why is this?
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So I've read up about criminal psychologists and their job roles. I've learnt that they have a hard time in court and ofen have to defend themselves. Why is this?
Not really sure how much they are used as experts in court.
As we have an adversarial system then the other side will seek to challenge whatever opinion they have to strengthen their case and weaken who you are assisting.
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So I've read up about criminal psychologists and their job roles. I've learnt that they have a hard time in court and ofen have to defend themselves. Why is this?
In court, they are called up as expert witnesses. Anyone can be a witness of fact, but in order to be an expert witness you have to be an expert in that subject. So, in order to determine whether the psychologist is indeed an expert, the solicitors and barristers will seek to undermine their credibility, such as by looking at their qualifications, publications and whether they have expert knowledge of the field they are giving evidence about.
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In court, they are called up as expert witnesses. Anyone can be a witness of fact, but in order to be an expert witness you have to be an expert in that subject. So, in order to determine whether the psychologist is indeed an expert, the solicitors and barristers will seek to undermine their credibility, such as by looking at their qualifications, publications and whether they have expert knowledge of the field they are giving evidence about.
Oh I see. Great answer!

Thanks for your help
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