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FS 456.072 Grounds for discipline; penalties; enforcement
Summary of changes...
As indicated below, the regulations from 2015 to 2018 had no changes.
- Florida Legislature. (2015-2018). Chapter 456 Health Professions and Occupations: General Provisions. 456.072 Grounds for discipline; penalties; enforcement. Retrieved February 1, 2019, from http://www.leg.state.fl.us/Statutes/index.cfm?App_mode=Display_Statute&Search_String=&URL=0400-0499/0456/Sections/0456.072.html
Scope permitted by law and performing
Our democratic principles rest on the belief that truth is discovered through the fair and open combat of ideas in a court of law. When mental health professionals participate in this adversary process as expert witnesses, it is essential for them to understand that attorneys will attempt to impeach their credibility.
To establish credibility, experts must appear knowledgeable and trustworthy to the judge and jury. The expert must come to court prepared for both direct examination and crossexamination; know when to emphasize logic or emotion, tailor speech in order to reach the maximum number of jurors, and remain nondefensive by projecting the same demeanor regardless of which side is conducting the examination. The role of the expert witness is forever changing because the judicial systemlike the mental health fieldcontinues to evolve. Although the adversary process has undergone dramatic changes over the past eight hundred years, historical vestiges continue to echo throughout our courtrooms. Expert witnesses can be champions of victims and the accused. Legal disputes are increasingly being decided by the battle of the experts who must undergo the ordeal of crossexamination. When you consider the brutality of ancient ordeals, responding to attorneys armed with questions may not seem so daunting.
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