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Important change to Expert Witness’ Declaration in criminal cases

This week changes to the wording of the declaration in an expert’s report came into force. This change affects expert witnesses who act in criminal cases with immediate effect. The amendment is at Criminal Practice Direction Part V: Evidence 19B: Statements of Understanding and Declarations of Truth in Expert Reports. The previous version of paragraph…

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Addressing mental health issues among pilots

Hundreds of commercial airline pilots currently flying may be clinically depressed, a study from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health has found. The new findings, published a year and a half after the tragic Germanwings crash, signal the need to tackle stigma and better support pilots dealing with mental health issues. The study…

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Our new offices in Epsom, Surrey

As a result of our continued growth, we are pleased to announce that we have moved to new offices. The move is effective from Monday 25th January 2016. Our new address is: Psychiatry Direct, 2.2(a) 40 East Street, Epsom, Surrey, KT17 1BH   NB – Our telephone and fax numbers remain the same.

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The Law Commission – new unfitness to plead proposals

The Law Commission has today published proposals to update the current test of a defendant’s fitness to plead, by broadening the range of tests that can be used and including opinion from Expert Psychologists. The current test of Fitness to Plead assessment is generally conducted by Expert Witness Psychiatrists and includes elements such as the…

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What is a Mental Capacity Assessment?

What is Capacity? According to the Mental Capacity Act, a person is considered to lack capacity if they are unable to make or communicate a decision that needs to be made at the time it needs to be made ‘because of an impairment of, or a disturbance in the functioning of, the mind or brain’. …

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Dr K O – Consultant Psychiatrist

BSc (Hon), M.B.Ch.B MRCPsych I prepare an average of 40 expert psychiatric medico legal reports every year covering areas of my expertise, General Adults, Forensic patients, Intensive Care Psychiatric and Liaison Psychiatry.  I have attended courts to give evidence in complex cases and Tribunals for cases of High risks patients.  I have been involved in…

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Dr R L – Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist

I have prepared expert psychiatric reports and given expert witness evidence in Court on the instruction of the defence, CPS, Probation and at the direction of the Court, covering issues such as fitness to plead, insanity, diminished responsibility, capacity to form intent, mental illness, disposal, and the imposition of civil orders. I also have prepared…

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Dr P R – Consultant Psychiatrist

M.B.B.S., P.G. Dip. Psych Med, M.R.C.Psych., P.G.Dip. (Mental Health Law) I have done Expert Witness Court reports for Magistrates and Crown Court, especially regarding defendants with Learning Disabilities and those suffering from deficits specific to Autism and Aspergers. I speak Hindi, Urdu & Punjabi and have provided expert psychiatric evidence for defence and prosecution for…

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DR J S – Consultant Psychiatrist

I have carried out a number of expert psychiatric reports in the Criminal, Family & Civil Courts on a range of mental health cases over the last few years. These have included reports for detention appeals as well as employment matters, asylum applications, capacity assessments, Local Authority Care Proceedings & Child Protection. I was involved…

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Dr S C – Consultant Psychiatrist

MBBS, MRCPsych I am a registered medical practitioner, Consultant Psychiatrist and on the GMC Specialist Register. I am approved under Section 12(2) of the Mental Health Act 1983, and have been a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists since 2006. I am fluent in Cantonese and have been in preparing psychiatric expert witness reports…

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