Psychologists as Expert Witnesses-New Law in Maryland

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Abstract

The psychologists in the state of Maryland, supported by legislators, state senators, and state delegates, have obtained legislation that brings Maryland into accord with the majority of states on the question of psychologists as expert witnesses. That legislation permits a psychologist, when shown to have proper qualifications, to express an expert opinion on ultimate issues before a court of law. The legislation substantially benefits patients because it permits them to utilize a psychologist's services, if necessary, and thus avoid the need to request the services of another doctor or expert. The leading case of Jenkins v. U.S., 307 F.2d 637, 113 U.S. App. D.C. 300 (1962) from D.C. states the majority position that a psychologist, when properly qualified, can testify as to an ultimate issue. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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