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Forensic Psychiatry in Court
A discussion on forensic psychiatrists in courts and the use of the insanity defense.
# 133475 | 1,000 words | 0 sources | APA | 2007 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2007 in Law (Criminal) , Criminology (Forensics) , Psychology (General)

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This paper discusses the use of forensic psychiatrists in the courts. It discusses the training of a forensic psychiatrist, the qualification of a forensic psychiatrist as an expert witness, the defense of temporary insanity, the nature and history of the insanity defense, the rarity of a successful insanity defense, and the costs of retaining psychiatrists. It concludes that the defense, while rare, is a valid part of our legal system.

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"Forensic psychiatry is a branch of medicine focusing on the interface of law and mental health. A psychiatrist is a medical doctor who, after four years of medical school, has completed several years of additional training in the understanding, diagnosis, and treatment of mental disorders. A forensic psychiatrist is a psychiatrist who has undertaken further years of training relating specifically to the interface of mental health and mental illness issues and the law. That a forensic psychiatrist is an "expert" can hardly be disputed. In the eyes of the law, an expert is a person who, by training or experience, can..."

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