Purpose of this site

This website is intended for all who have an interest in forensic psychology — the application of psychology to legal problems, particularly criminal trials and quasi-judicial tribunals, such as parole hearings. The main purpose is to present findings of psychological research and to interpret them for non-psychologists. I update the site at intervals, as new material becomes available.

If you have an interest in psychology a good place to start is the British Psychological Society (BPS) website. This will also enable you to subscribe to the Society's journals, to download publications such as ethical guidelines, to find psychologists practising in a field of your choice (including expert witnesses).

From July 2009 a new legal registration scheme for psychologists was introduced, and misconduct investigations will in future be carried out by the Health Professions Council (HPC), which regulates the new scheme.