If you are interested in serving as a Court Appointed Forensic Evaluator in Santa Clara County you must submit a completed Forensic Evaluator Panel Application to be appointed to either the Adult or Juvenile Panel.
The application will be reviewed by the Santa Clara County Forensic Evaluator Advisory Review Board. This panel is a multi-agency review board with representatives from the Court, Probation, legal service agencies, and mental health experts. Prior to submitting your application, please review the Forensic Evaluator Court Policies and Procedures and the Forensic Evaluator Manual.
If your application is approved, a packet of information will be provided to you including:
- A letter confirming the Evaluator’s appointment to the Santa Clara County Adult Forensic Evaluator Panel and/or Juvenile Justice Division Forensic Evaluator Panel
- A copy of the Court’s order of appointment.
- A copy of the Standards for Report Content and the standard report format required for use in this Court.
- A copy of the invoicing instructions and invoicing forms.
- A copy of the Forensic Evaluator Manual for practice within the Santa Clara County Superior Court.
Many of these forms and documents are also available on this website.
Policies and Procedures
The most recent versions of all policies and procedures, along with any attachments or forms are provided here for your convenience.
Report Forms and Submission
The Report Template below is the standard format to be used for all competency and forensic evaluation reports submitted to the court. It is intended as an outline of all the areas and information points required for forensic evaluation as well as specific statutes, please be sure to provide thorough and easily understandable explanations for each area. As well, if there are areas that are not relevant to the specific case or assignment please note “not applicable.”
Please fax reports to: Adult: (408) 808-6892 Juvenile: (408) 808-6290
**Do NOT fax EC1017 reports to these numbers, be sure to send them only to the representing attorney**
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