"You are hereby commanded to appear": Pediatrician subpoena and court appearance in child maltreatment

Vincent J. Palusci, Ralph Hicks, Frank E. Vandervort

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Abstract

Objective. To determine the frequency of court appearance by pediatricians evaluating child abuse and neglect cases and to identify case characteristics associated with actual court appearance or case adjournment. Design. Retrospective review of subpoenas received between 1995 and 1999 for child maltreatment cases personally evaluated by 2 pediatricians during the years 1995 to 1998. Information was collected regarding patient age, gender, race/ethnicity, type of suspected maltreatment, date of evaluation, date of subpoena, type of court hearing, whether the pediatrician actually testified in court, and legal outcomes. Case characteristics were compared between pediatricians and were used to predict physician appearance and case continuance or adjournment in logistic regression models. Results. Four hundred forty-five subpoenas concerning 260 patients were received. Although significant differences were noted between the pediatricians in type of abuse, no differences were found in patient age, gender, ethnicity or legal outcomes. The pediatricians received subpoenas in

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1427-1431
Number of pages5
JournalPediatrics
Volume107
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 2001
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Child abuse
  • Child maltreatment
  • Court appearance
  • Subpoena

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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"You are hereby commanded to appear" : Pediatrician subpoena and court appearance in child maltreatment. / Palusci, Vincent J.; Hicks, Ralph; Vandervort, Frank E.

In: Pediatrics, Vol. 107, No. 6, 2001, p. 1427-1431.

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Palusci, Vincent J. ; Hicks, Ralph ; Vandervort, Frank E. / "You are hereby commanded to appear" : Pediatrician subpoena and court appearance in child maltreatment. In: Pediatrics. 2001 ; Vol. 107, No. 6. pp. 1427-1431.
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