Litigation Psychology Podcast #54 - Mental health in litigation

Guest: Attorney Mark Perkins

CSI - Courtroom Sciences Inc

Trucking defense attorney Mark Perkins shares his personal experience with mental health and how he handles and addresses it. Mark and Bill Kanasky, Ph.D. talk about the ways the legal industry has, and has not, addressed mental health issues. They also discuss how the personal struggles that witnesses are experiencing in their daily lives, particularly in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, affect their mental health and how that can have a direct impact on their deposition testimony. Mark and Bill talk about the importance of taking the time to talk to witnesses about the litigation process and to address and alleviate their fears and concerns before they start their deposition preparation. Lastly, they discuss the challenges of confirmation bias, the necessity of quality supplemental juror questionnaires, and their thoughts on what people should do if they are experiencing mental health issues themselves.