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Trial Testimony & Depositions

TRIAL TESTIMONY & DEPOSITION FEES EXPLAINED

Psychologists can testify both as fact witnesses and as expert witnesses in family court, civil court, and criminal court. A psychologist typically provides his educational background, CV, and other relevant clinical and forensic information. If a psychologist is asked to testify as an expert, he or she must be qualified to do so with the judge's consent. A psychologist may also testify as an expert on a general topic, or as an expert on the parties and the case if he/she has treated or evaluated a party. A therapist may also testify in a fact hearing versus an expert hearing. An attorney may hire a psychologist to talk about their research on a specific topic. In such cases, the psychologist is an expert (on a topic) versus an expert (who has met with, examined, and/or treated one of the parties). For example, a psychologist who specializes in childhood trauma may be able to provide information to a judge/jury on trauma symptoms. A psychologist may be able to define a topic of interest (for example, parental alienation) and describe how it manifests and is relevant to the case.

As expert witnesses and evaluators, a forensic psychologist may be retained for particular legal matters and answer questions fairly and objectively. A forensic psychologist can provide written evaluations as well as oral expert testimony. Most forensic evaluations include the following elements: clinical interviews collaborative interviews (i.e., treatment provider, family, friends) psychological testing a review of records and conclusions. Records can range from legal documents to mental health records, as well as depositions, as well as emails/texts/copies of social media postings. Evaluators testify as experts because they create a clinical opinion on a case. A treating psychologist can provide helpful information as a fact witness, (i.e. if a plaintiff, defendant or other court involved party has a therapist as an individual therapist). As a fact, witness a treating psychologist cannot answer questions such as: "Do you believe he/she was insane when the offense occurred?" 

Fees:

Minimum fee for deposition and testimony time is $5,000.00 for 0-3.5 hours and $10,000.00 for 4-8 hours. *$5,000.00 retainer fee is separate from retainer fees for evaluations. Travel, lodging and associated fees related to depositions and testimony must be paid in advance. Deposition preparation, testimony preparation, post-evaluation consultations, expert services, designated expert related activities, and all other duties that fall outside of deposition and testimony time and the agreed upon evaluation process are charged at a $500.00 per hour.

DR. HEAFEY IS AVAILABLE TO CONDUCT ASSESSMENTS AT YOUR HOME, OFFICE OR OFF-SITE LOCATIONS

 

CONVENIENT APPOINTMENT TIMES CAN BE SCHEDULED ON NIGHTS, WEEKENDS AND HOLIDAYS

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