Not being a lawyer and not having to be concerned about the specifics of the cases which were presented in synopsis and had the lawyers about me hot, I tended to think about just what I did put into notes and how I might word things in future if I thought they might be called upon. It also gave me more ideas about what courts were really needing in my notes. These are the notes I took at the Trial Lawyer Association of BC Conference.
I must admit too that Jill Dougan had me sitting up straight when she reported that all professional associations have recommendations regarding note taking. She put up the notes from the College and I rapidly scanned them confirming I was in the ball park. It was a close call and a near panic because I can't remember ever reading the College notes on note taking. I found I enjoyed the rest of the presentation as my panic subsided.
The CD of the conference had alot more detail and was referred to repeatedly in this presentation. I just wrote down bits that referred to me and am sure the lawyers would have taken far more extensive notes. It just gives a glimpse of the presentation.
- notice to admit
- Hyperlinked index and documents on a CD (appendix 3)
- if clinical records are admitted then questions of what in clinical records can be admitted
- admissable if made at time, by someone with duty to record, and with knowledge of the business
- doctors direct observation, medical advice, investigations are
- in absence of expert opinion - diagnosis in clinical records is admissable as diagnosis but not as the ‘true’ diagnosis
- if a meteriorlogist records that it was raining - whether he saw the rain or other meteriologist - document is admissiable, however if he saw an accident on way to work and recorded that that’s not admissable because he wasn’t in duty to record
- ‘hearsay’ in clinical record not admissable
- all colleges contain professional expectations about records, how they are kept