2000 suplement 4


Volume 9, suplement 4

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Some nonsubstantialcauses of inadequate forensic-psychiatric opinions

Danuta Hajdukiewicz1
1. Kliniki Psychiatrii Sądowej Instytutu Psychiatrii i Neurologii w Pruszkowie
Postępy Psychiatrii i Neurologii, 2000, suplement 4 (12), 63-68
Keywords: forensic-psychiatric opinions, appointment of forensic psychiatrists and assigningof tasks


The author discusses a number of reasons for inadequate forensic-psychiatric opinionsother than lack of sufficient knowledge and experience.These inadequacies are caused by either errorsin the proceedings of the procedural organs or of the experts: calling on physicians in charge of theexaminee's treatment to give expert opinions, uncriticalacceptance of poorly justified evaluations,lack of observance of the rules governing examinee'saccess to the examination [???] and, in thecase of Family Courts, faulty referral for observationwithout the expert's motion and referral forexamination of sanity of minor offenders tried accordingto the minor offenders act. When such proceduralerrors are made it is necessary to appointnew expert teams. This prolongs legal proceedingsto the disadvantage of the suspect.

Address for correspondence:
Dr Danuta Hajdukiewicz, Klinika Psychiatrii Sądowej Instytutu Psychiatrii i Neurologii,
ul. Partyzantów 2/4, 05-802 Pruszków