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Diagnosis of offender’s mental condition and penal court sentences. Outcomes of documentation analysis at the Regional Court for Kraków-Pogórze in Kraków

EWA HABZDA-SIWEK1
1. Katedry Kryminologii Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego w Krakowie
Postępy Psychiatrii i Neurologii, 2000, suplement 4 (12), 155-164
Keywords: forensic psychiatry and psychology, psychiatric and psychological expert opinions in penal proceedings, use of expert evidence in sentencing

Abstract

The author discusses several problemsinvolved in the issuing of forensic psychiatric andpsychological opinions concerning adult offenders.She bases her discussion on the analysis of courtdocumentation. Some of the most common problemsinclude: the circumstances under which proceduralorgans appoint and select experts, the forms of co-operation between experts during preparation ofopinions and the ways in which psychopathologicaldiagnoses and data from personal information included in the opinion, are used in sentencing.

Address for correspondence:
Mgr Ewa Habzda-Siwek, Katedra Kryminologii Uniwersytetu Jagiellońskiego,
ul. Olszewskiego 2,31-007 Kraków