2004 issue 4

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Volume 13, issue 4

Review article

The role, rights, and duties of forensic psychiatry experts in civil and criminal proceedings

Danuta Hajdukiewicz1
1. Kliniki Psychiatrii Sądowej Instytutu Psychiatrii i Neurologii w Pruszkowie
Postępy Psychiatrii i Neurologii, 2004, 13 (4), 377-384
Keywords: biegły psychiatra, psychiatria sądowa

Abstract

Aim. This article reviews the legal regulations on the appointment of a forensic psychiatrist in a trial.

Review. The court or prosecution appoints each forensic expert. This written appointment should include the experts name and his area of interest, indicate the subject of expertise and set a deadline for preparing requested opinion. It is the expert's job to explain presented facts and relate them to the subject of the case with emphasizing the cause-and-effect relationship. The penal and civil code regulate expert's rights and obligations. Existing differences result from the peculiarity of both codes.

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