Monograph number 3:

Psychiatry in Court

Psychiatry in Court

Shea, P

Psychiatry in Court: The Use(fulness) of Psychiatric Reports and Psychiatric Evidence in Court Proceedings (1996)


(RRP $38.50 including GST) ISBN 1876067039

This book, by a psychiatrist, has been written for lawyers and those interested in these fascinating areas of study. The use and usefulness of psychiatric evidence had been in dispute for many years. Often, the courts will assume that if someone commits an offence whilst suffering from a mental disorder, the two are connected. This has had many consequences, including some extraordinary legal and legislative decisions being made, and effects on the way the psychiatrists are utilised in the legal system. Part of the problem is the gulf between these two disciplines, and the confused state of psychiatry today. This book explores these issues and suggests the usefulness of psychiatric evidence needs to be totally reassessed. [156pp]

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