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Forensic Psychology Practice: Roles in the Court System

The United States judicial system is composed of various elements. Its structure contains elements that are of both a federal and state nature. For instance, there are courts that fall under each of these categories that include trial courts at the state level, district courts at the federal level, and appeals and supreme courts at both levels. Furthermore, there are several types of adjudicative processes, such as criminal, civil, juvenile, and therapeutic. Also within the judicial system, there are many players, which include, but are not limited to, defense attorneys, prosecuting attorneys, judges, and, at times, a jury. Forensic psychology in turn can play a role in any number of these elements within the judicial system—from the initial hearing of a criminal trial in a federal district court to a post-trial status hearing of a civil commitment case.

Select three elements of the court system you find interesting that interact in some way with forensic psychology. Then consider who would be the contributors to each element.

Think about the relationship between forensic psychology and each element of the court system that you selected.

Describe the three elements of the court system you selected and the individuals connected with each.
Then analyze and explain the relationship between forensic psychology and each element of the court system you selected.

Finally, explain why you selected each element (e.g., what about each element interests you).
Be specific and use the literature to justify your response.

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Dear Student,
Hello and thank you for your patience. In this particular task, you are asking for help in putting together a discussion on elements regarding the court system. I suggest looking at each element and choosing the most common roles to discuss using this simple outline:

1. Court system elements - 150 words
2. Relationship with forensic psychology of each - 200 words
3. Reasons for selection - 150 words

This outline should yield around 500 words which should cover what you need. Just let me know via the feedback section if you need further clarification. All the best with your studies.

AE 105878/Xenia Jones

Court System Elements

The practice of forensic psychology is tied to the court system as essentially, forensic psychology is the application of the science of psychology within the court system, where the science is used to facilitate its varied functions, from seeking the truth, validating claims, establishing facts, assessing individuals, victims and witnesses, among others. In this field, it is important to note that the practice is bounded by the rules of the court so that the guidelines in the ethical practice of psychology and the reach and limitations of the practitioners are set by the court and the legal system. If I were to choose 3 elements that are of interest to me, one would be juvenile courts especially the element that intersects forensic psychology in terms of youth evaluation, another ne would be prison psychology especially the element that evaluates prisoners exhibiting suicidality.

In the Juvenile Justice System, ...

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The solution provides information, assistance and advice on the topic of forensic psychology roles and how it interacts with other elements of the court system. Resources are listed for further exploration of the topic.