Psycholegal Opinion – Legal and Ethical Issues

Abstract

Psychology expert witnesses are employed in an increasing number of criminal, civil and family cases. Considering this, they are expected to have appropriate qualifications, that is, knowledge and experience, as well as an appropriate moral attitude. Due to this, psychologists are required to improve their professional capabilities actively by developing their knowledge, skills and moral competences. The aim of this paper is to present the most important tasks of judicial psychologists on the example of family and custody law, in legal and ethical aspects, which are closely connected with the professional standards of an expert witness, which should be respected in the process of  psycholegal opinion forming.