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Procedural control of forensic-psychiatric expertise in light of the new penal code

TADEUSZ TOMASZEWSKI1
1. Zakładu Kryminalistyki Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego
Postępy Psychiatrii i Neurologii, 2000, suplement 4 (12), 17-23
Keywords: forensic psychiatrist, forensic-psychiatric opinion

Abstract

The new penal code was introducedin 1997. It is therefore necessary to check how thenew legal regulations are affecting the institutionof forensic-psychiatric evidence. This paper investigatesthe need for strict control offorensic psychiatric evidence and the scope of such, control were itto prove necessary. The investigation is based bothon the regulations of the new code and the existingdoctrine and on studies offorensic practice andanalyses of the verdicts issued by the SupremeCourt. The author first points out the many shortcomingsin the practice of controlling and evaluating forensic-psychiatric opinions issued by proceduralorgans then goes on to discuss the feasibilityand necessity of such control. He also points outthe role of the parties to the lawsuit and discussesthe team nature offorensic psychiatric opinions. Inthe conclusion he gives several suggestions of howto controlforensic-psychiatric opinions and liststhe problems which should be taken into consideration,depending on the needs and circumstances of the lawsuit.

Address for correspondence:
Prof Tadeusz Tomaszewski, Zakład Kryminalistyki,
Wydział Prawa i Administracji Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego,
ul. Krakowskie Przedmieście 26/28, 00-927 Warszawa