REVIEW – December 2013

Performance of forensic psychiatric examination in criminal cases: a review with some recommendations

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Abstract

A review is given of the administration and practical fulfillment of complete forensic psychiatric examination including some experience with defendants denying to have committed the crime, refusing to be interviewed or simulating illness. Some principles of professional ethics are referred to. On the basis of personal experience from three decades of practice at the Stockholm Forensic Psychiatric Clinic, the author has added some essential recommendations about the organization of forensic psychiatry and about procedural cooperation with the court.