Forensic psychiatry is a medical discipline that spans the fields of law, criminal justice, and psychiatry. Forensic psychiatry utilises psychiatric evaluations, consultations, and testimony to aid in the resolution of court cases and other legal matters.
Forensic psychiatrists can evaluate and testify about physical aspects of mental disorders, including their biological basis, psychotherapeutic considerations, and their relation to family and social issues. They can use laboratory tests and administer medications when needed.
A forensic psychiatrist’s input can be extremely valuable in determining whether the defendant is fit to stand trial, able to cooperate with their defence team, as well as their mental state when the crime was taking place. Forensic Access can also provide Neuropsychiatrists.
- The state of mind of defendants
- The sentencing of offenders
- The mental capacity of people making legal decisions
- Fitness to plead
- Concerns over capacity to stand trial
- Fitness to understand
In cases where a child is involved, Forensic Access can provide child psychiatrists.
Forensic Psychiatry Expertise
Forensic Access boasts a world-class team of forensic scientists operating in state-of-the-art facilities. All forensic work is carried-out to the highest Quality Standards.
All defence work is handled by dedicated Casework Managers who provide end-to-end support and streamlining. Direct access to our team of scientists helps barristers and solicitors to prepare a more effective defence strategy, and all expert witness reports are thoroughly documented and peer reviewed.
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