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Indian J Psychol Med. 2019 Mar-Apr;41(2):126-132. doi: 10.4103/IJPSYM.IJPSYM_53_19.

Psychiatrist in Court: Indian Scenario.

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Department of Psychiatry, National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences, Bengaluru, Karnataka, India.


The impetus for practical exposure to legalities that arise in the context of psychiatry and law is minimal in postgraduate training in psychiatry and curriculum. Those who choose to get trained often do not get first-hand exposure to court proceedings. Law and psychiatry often come into each other's interface, and psychiatry is regulated by the legal system more often than the other specialties in medicine. This article is an attempt to equip the psychiatrist in dealing with instances where they will present themselves in court.


Court; India; MHCA 2017; expert witness; forensic psychiatry; psychiatry

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