Forensic Psychiatry

Forensic psychiatry is the area of psychiatry related to the law and the legal system. Forensic psychiatrists are trained on both civil and criminal court cases and perform services such as giving expert testimony about issues related to mental health and psychopharmacology, evaluating competency, determining whether a defendant is able to plea not guilty by reason of insanity and suggesting appropriate psychiatric treatment in place of or in addition to a prison sentence. They also provide psychiatric services to patients in legal custody. [more…]