Medicolegal Psychiatry, also known as Forensic Psychiatry, is a sub-specialty of psychiatry. A Psychiatrist is a specialist medical doctor who has completed advanced training in the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness. A Forensic Psychiatrist has additional specialised training and experience in the interface between psychiatry and the law.
Forensic Psychiatrists are often called to be Expert Witnesses in both criminal and civil proceedings. The primary duty of the Expert Witness is to provide an independent opinion to the Court. In Australia, Expert Witnesses are bound by Expert Witness Codes of Conduct. Some Forensic Psychiatrists also have a clinical practice, assessing and treating mentally ill patients. This ensures that their Medicolegal opinions are based on the most up to date clinical knowledge and experience.
Motor Accident Authority
Fitness to plea
Mental Illness Defence
Mental Health Diversion (Section 32/Section 21a)
Fitness to instruct counsel
Fitness for Work
Administrative Appeals Tribunal
Total and Permanent Disablement