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The Child Psychologist’s Role in the Court Process Explained

30 November 2021 The Child Psychologist’s Role in the Court Process Explained

What role should child psychologists play in civil and administrative cases involving children? The Partnership for Human Rights (PHR), a USAID/PROLoG funded civil society organization, sought to answer this question for an audience of stakeholders at a November 26 event which was part of their larger “Strategic Litigation for Children” project. Representatives of Georgian Bar Association, State funded Legal Aid Service, and Atipfund Georgia attended the meeting. At the event, speakers explained how both Georgian legislation and international human rights treaties establish a framework for involvement of child psychiatric professionals in the court process. They also reviewed some of the guidelines that psychiatric professionals should follow in their work, including the guidelines of the American Psychological Association. They explained that the reliability of an expert’s opinion is only as good as the validity of the methodology used, and that understanding an expert’s area of specialization is critical to determine whether the expert’s opinion will be helpful in a case. Speakers included Ana Arganashvili, PHR Executive Director; Eka Zarnadze, Judge of Tbilisi Court of Appeals; Tamta Saamishvili, psychologist from Applied Psychology and Research Center; and Nino Lortkipanidze, Head of the Forensic Psychology Department at Children of Georgia. The meeting was organized in the context of Georgia’s “16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign.”

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