Criminal Law

During Criminal Law proceedings a psychological evaluation of an accused is sometimes needed either by the defence or the prosecution team. We can offer expert witness services to either team, which provide invaluable psychological assessments in a wide range of criminal cases.

Criminal Law

Our psychologists have extensive experience of working alongside solicitors and barristers, in order to produce evidence based reports which are helpful to the Court. They also all have experience of delivering their findings in a courtroom setting.

Assessments for the Criminal Law Courts would include:

  • Fitness to plead and to stand trial
  • Witness reliability
  • Cognitive function and mental capacity
  • Suggestibility and vulnerability
  • Psychological state
  • Neuropsychological difficulties in acquired brain injury
  • Risk for violence, self-harm and sexual offending
  • Complications of substance misuse
  • Autistic spectrum conditions
  • Personality disorder
  • The impact of trauma and abuse and neglect
  • Pre-sentencing reports
  • Prison Diversion
  • Consultation with Probation Services

Prison law 

Psychology Associates offers independent psychological assessments to assist offenders in preparing for a Parole Board hearing. These assessments address progress in accredited interventions, risk, personality difficulties and outstanding mental health issues.

Our psychologists have also provided contracted services to HMP psychology services for the preparation of reports for parole hearings, as well as assessment of intervention needs for sex offenders. Our neuropsychologists also offer specialised assessments of prisoners with acquired brain injuries or difficulties associated with deteriorating brain function.

We offer assessments and consultation at other stages of the offender pathway, prison diversion and pre-sentencing, as well as consultation and supervision, and training to teams working with young offenders.

Our highly specialised assessments in prison law cases could include:

  • Risk of violence, self-harm and sexual offending
  • Progress in thinking skills, emotion management and sex offender specific issues
  • Cognitive assessment
  • Personality difficulties, including personality disorder
  • Mental health needs
  • The impact of trauma and abuse and neglect
  • Recommendations to the Parole Board
  • Specialised neuropsychological assessments of prisoners with neurodegenerative conditions such as dementia, acquired brain injury, trauma and challenges to their mental capacity.