Unless you’ve been living under a rock or forgot to pay your internet bill, you have seen coverage or at least memes stemming from the ongoing Depp vs. Heard defamation trial.
The concepts of physician-patient privilege as well as a party’s mental state are among the key issues that have highlighted by this case. Lisa Zeiderman has gone in-depth on this topic for Psychology Today, pointing out that:
- A party’s current or prior mental state is admissible and can be introduced in court, motion papers, and evidence
- The court can order a therapist to turn over previously private communications involving their patient
Read the full article to learn more about what mental health information is fair game in court.