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NCJ Number: 135552 Find in a Library
Title: Criminal Court Consultation
Editor(s): R Rosner; R B Harmon
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 342
Sponsoring Agency: Plenum Press
New York, NY 10013
Publication Number: ISBN 0-306-43061-4
Sale Source: Plenum Press
233 Spring Street
New York, NY 10013
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: These 18 essays examine theory, policy issues, and empirical findings related to the role of forensic psychiatry in relation to court proceedings, the police, corrections decisionmakers, and the media.
Abstract: Individual papers examine the impact of defendants' psychiatric disorders on case processing, the relationship between judges and psychiatrists, issues involved in providing mental health services to the courts, and the administration and management of one urban psychiatry clinic. Additional essays focus on preparation for courtroom testimony, the burden of proof under the Federal insanity defense, the New York defense of "extreme emotional disturbance," and the American Psychiatric Association's insanity rule. Further papers discuss confessions of mentally disabled persons, clinical and legal considerations related to competence to stand trial, the use of psychiatric evaluations in sentencing, psychiatric consultation to a parole board, and the role of the police with the mentally ill. Other articles examine diagnostic issues including malingering; the use of clinical neuropsychology in criminal, civil, and family courts; the evaluation of alleged sex offenders; and the relationship between psychiatrists and the media. Case examples, chapter reference lists, and index
Main Term(s): Forensic psychiatry
Index Term(s): Competency to stand trial; Insanity defense; Mentally ill offenders; Psychiatric testimony; Psychological evaluation
Note: Critical Issues in American Psychiatry and the Law, Volume 5
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