Forensic Assessments

Forensic Assessments2024-04-08T15:07:20+10:00

At Ascending Psychology, our expert witnesses are independent and highly qualified. They are available to prepare thorough and detailed reports for courts across Australia.

Medico-Legal Assessments We Offer

As expert witnesses, we use a combination of clinical interviews, formal testing and observational data to draw conclusions, offer opinions, and provide comprehensive recommendations for each unique case. These in include:

Reasons why clients need to obtain Forensic Assessments

Forensic Assessments are often requested by solicitors or barristers who require specific information and opinions to assist in complex legal decision making. It is usually the case that an individual has either been diagnosed with, or is suspected of having, a mental health condition or impairment that might be relevant to proceedings.


Forensic Assessments can take a significant amount of time to prepare. Upon receiving terms of reference from you solicitor or barrister, a quote will be prepared for you to approve. Please note that 50% of the total fee will need to be paid on the day of the assessment. The remaining 50% will need to be paid in full before the report is released. Private reports typically start at $2500+GST. Legal Aid referrals are accepted on a case-by-case basis.

Please see our fee structure page for more information.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Do you accept Legal Aid Cases?2023-10-29T09:34:37+11:00

We do accept legally aided cases. It is recommended that you speak with your solicitor about whether a medico-legal report would benefit your case.

How long will it take to get a legal assessment?2023-10-29T09:21:45+11:00

Assessment reports can take between 4-8 weeks to complete. It is therefore important that you work with your legal team to request a medico-legal assessment as early as possible. Sometimes, adjournments might be necessary to ensure there is sufficient time to prepare the report.

How do I request a medico-legal or forensic assessment?2023-10-29T09:18:30+11:00

Before we can provide a quote for a medico-legal or forensic assessment, we will need instructions from a solicitor or barrister. These are typically referred to as the ‘Terms of Reference.’ This helps the psychologist to structure the assessment and provide opinions that are relevant to your case. Unfortunately, we do not accept referral from clients who are self-representing.

Do you need access to a Psychological Assessment? Contact us for more information.

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