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FORENSIC PSYCHIATRY Forensic psychiatry- the branch of medicine that deals with disorderof the mind and their relationship to legal principles A health practitioner may be requested to evaluate the mental stateof a person in relationship to legal investigations Mentally ill or mentally handicapped person may break the lawbecause of- Lack of understanding- Disturbed perception of the world- Abnormal emotional state- Abnormal thoughts- Defects in cognition( such as impaired judgement or intellect)- Alcohol or substance abusePREPATION OF COURT REPORT Doctors once in a while are required toprepare and present medical reports relatingto the mental status of a person before court Such report may be requested by thedefence, prosecution or the magistrate or thejudgeTYPES OF REPORTS[2TYPES](1)CIVIL (2)CRIMINAL Reports could relate to civil or criminal matter It can be an enguiry about past or present status or even on howthe expert believes the person could behave in future The author of a report must ensure that- He has received all available information from relatives, teacherspolice etc- State clearly the source of the referal( eg police,court) and thepurpose of report (eg criminal or civil case)- Write the report in simple and clear language- Make sure to retain a copy of the report(it takes long for somecases to be concluded)- State clearly the limitation of your opinion eg inadquateinformation( patient unable to expre

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