Jurisprudence and forensic practice

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This chapter explores the relationship between the law and forensic medical practice. It discusses the reasons why we have laws that regulate our community and the importance of law for medical and dental practice. Different types of laws are considered including case law as well as statute-based law. In particular the coroner's jurisdiction is discussed in some detail with a focus on the social benefits of a community having a thorough death investigation and human identification system. On a more general front the chapter covers the issues relating to the admission of evidence into court, including medical reports and oral testimony. Techniques associated with the giving of evidence in chief and coping with cross-examination are addressed. The importance of communication skills, as well as thorough preparation for appearing in court as a witness, are covered in some detail. The chapter concludes with advice and guidance regarding the logistics of attending court as an expert witness and in the preparation of expert medico-legal reports.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationForensic Odontology: Principles and Practice
EditorsJane A. Taylor, Jules A. Kieser
Number of pages41
ISBN (Electronic)9781118864418
ISBN (Print)9781118864449
Publication statusPublished - 26 Jan 2016


  • Ethics
  • Evidence
  • Forensic practice
  • Law

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