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Basics of the Law and Legal System 

Basics of the Law and Legal System
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Basics of the Law and Legal System
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Ronald Schouten

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10.1093/med/9780199387106.003.0001
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date: 18 September 2019

The goal of this book is to help clinicians at all levels of training negotiate the complex legal issues that are an inherent part of modern clinical practice. This chapter provides an introduction to the origins of “law” in its many forms, the structure of the legal system, and fundamental legal principles that are of special relevance to mental health practitioners and that will recur throughout the book. It discusses concepts that are foreign to most clinicians that have a great impact on mental health practice: the adversarial process, sources of laws, constitutional principles, the concept of legal precedents, and the ethics of the legal system.

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