Purpose of the Course
Ethical conduct is the bedrock of any professional practice. SAMLA emphasizes the paramount importance of ethical conduct by all involved in medico-legal practice.
The only legitimate reason for lawyers and expert witnesses to be paid for the provision of professional medico-legal services, is to assist the Courts and ADR processes to reach fair and just adjudication or settlement of medical disputes.
Fair and just adjudication or settlement of medical disputes is hampered by any form of unethical conduct, which at best leads to wasteful and unnecessarily costly litigation, and at worst to unfair and unjust outcomes. There can be no legitimate role for unethical professionals.
All professionals should commit to ethical conduct and should strive to maintain and enhance their ethical standards. In addition to the rich rewards of personal satisfaction, ethical conduct attracts respect and admiration. Ethical conduct also keeps the practitioner safe from adverse findings and from prosecution for negligent harm.
The purpose of this group of lectures is to enhance the motivation of all to want to be ethical, and to discuss the most important aspects of morality and ethics that are relevant to medico-legal practice.
Outcome of the Course
Logic is the science that evaluates arguments. This course introduces principles of reasoning with an emphasis on deductive and inductive logic. It will provide delegates with experience in identifying a range of correct and incorrect argument forms. The course will also include a treatment of fallacies.
The objective of the course is to develop delegates’ ability to analyse and critically evaluate arguments from a logical point of view. It will provide delegates with a basic understanding of such concepts as reasons, implication, validity, and fallacies. Students will learn the logical principles of deductive and inductive inferences and techniques of applying them for determining the validity of arguments. Elements of good reasoning from an informal perspective will also be covered.
By attending the course, delegates are expected to develop the ability: to identify and explain the basic concepts, principles and other essential elements in logic and critical thinking—truth analysis, argument identification and classification. To identify and explain the basic concepts, principles and other essential elements in inductive argument examination—basic inductive forms, argument assessment (strength and defeasibility). To identify and explain the basic concepts, principles and other essential elements in deductive argument examination—basic deductive forms, argument assessment (validity and soundness). To analyse how an argument goes wrong—formal and informal fallacy analysis.
There will be two training sessions dealing with an introduction to logical reasoning, followed by two training sessions dealing with examples of logical- and illogical reasoning by experts, advocates and judges, one by an expert witness and one by a senior counsel.
Successful completion will earn you 10 CPD points.
- R3 500.00 payable on receipt of invoice – For all Lectures
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Lecture 13 – GOLDEN THREAD LECTURE: Ethical Perspectives on the Role of Expert witnesses in assisting Honorable Judges in the Compensation of persons affected by Psychological Consequences of Accidents or Constitutional damages