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NCJ Number: 49818 Find in a Library
Title: SOCIAL WORKER AS A COURTROOM WITNESS
Journal: SOCIAL CASEWORK  Volume:56  Issue:9  Dated:(NOVEMBER 1975)  Pages:521-525
Author(s): B E BERNSTEIN
Corporate Author: Family Service Assoc of America
United States of America
Date Published: 1975
Page Count: 5
Sponsoring Agency: Family Service Assoc of America
New York, NY 10010
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: THE SOCIAL WORKER'S OBLIGATIONS WITH REGARD TO TESTIMONY CONCERNING CLIENTS ARE DISCUSSED, AND GUIDELINES FOR PREPARING AND PRESENTING SUCH TESTIMONY ARE OFFERED.
Abstract: THE DISCUSSION IS PRESENTED IN THE CONTEXT OF A HYPOTHETICAL CHILD CUSTODY CASE IN WHICH THE SOCIAL WORKER, HAVING COUNSELED THE HUSBAND INDEPENDENTLY AND BEING AWARE OF THE FAMILY'S SITUATION, IS SUBPOENAED BY THE WIFE'S ATTORNEY TO APPEAR IN COURT AND TO MAKE AVAILABLE ALL RECORDS PERTAINING TO THE HUSBAND. THE SOCIAL WORKER, WHO HAS CONCLUDED THAT THE HUSBAND IS BETTER PREPARED TO TAKE CUSTODY OF THE CHILDREN, MUST BALANCE LEGAL OBLIGATIONS WITH PROFESSIONAL ETHICS AND STANDARDS. IN SUCH SITUATIONS, SOCIAL WORKERS ARE ADVISED FIRST TO CONTACT THEIR CLIENTS AND THEN TO DISCUSS THE MATTER WITH THEIR OWN, OR THEIR CLIENT'S ATTORNEY. THE CLIENT SHOULD BE KEPT IN MIND, BUT THE SOCIAL WORKER MUST BE CAREFUL TO PROTECT HIMSELF OR HERSELF AGAINST LIABILITY. GENERAL PROCEDURES FOR PREPARING TESTIMONY -- INCLUDING THE ACQUISITION OF A GENERAL KNOWLEDGE OF THE RULES OF EVIDENCE, COURT PROCEDURE, AND TECHNIQUES OF EXAMINATION AND CROSS-EXAMINATION -ARE SUGGESTED. REHEARSALS OF TESTIMONY ARE RECOMMENDED. (LKM)
Index Term(s): Expert witnesses; Social workers; Testimony
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