A forensic psychologist is a psychologist who works in the criminal justice or court system. A forensic psychologist provides psycholegal evaluations and opinions to the court or attorney if retained privately. Typically the court is the client and the judge orders psychological evaluations with a specific legal question, citing relevant penal codes to be answered. A forensic psychologist answers the legal question by providing a report to the judge that includes conclusions and recommendations regarding the legal issue.
Role of a Forensic Psychologist
Where Do Interviews Take Place?
Forensic interviews usually occur when a defendant is held at the county jail or a correctional institution. If the defendant isn’t in custody, the interview can be conducted at the attorney’s office.