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Law in Context

Abstract from Volume 16 No 2 (1998)

Psychology and Law in Australia: An Overview

Andreas Kapardis

This article traces and explains the development of the psycholegal field in Australia, and identifies a number of areas that warrant the researcher’s attention. This is done against the backdrop of the field’s development on both sides of the Atlantic. An attempt is also made to answer the question of why it has taken much longer to seriously begin to bridge the gap between psychology and law in Australia – a country with a common law (adversary) legal system – when, in fact, the two disciplines can be said to have a lot in common. Finally, the psychologist as expert witness in Australian courts is also considered.

(1999) 16(2) Law in Context 106

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