Psychiatrist Expert Witness

A psychiatrist expert can play a crucial role in cases, there have been many cases where the defendant has not had the men’s rea to commit the offence, due to suffering from some sort of mental health disorder. For example, the defendant’s mind may have been diminished for some sort of undiagnosed disorder. Just because a person has never been diagnosed with any mental health disorder in the past, it does not mean the person may not be suffering from a mental health disorder, either now or at the time of the offence. In a recent case of R v Alexander Blackman, In summary this was as solider on trial for the murder of a Taliban fighter, he was convicted of murder, however his appeal against conviction was quashed as fresh evidence came to light that at the time of the offence his state of mind was diminished as he was suffering from exceptional stressor. Due to this he was convicted of a lessor offence of manslaughter. Therefore if you have any concerns about a defendant’s mental state or if the defendant is faces a crime which is completely out of his character, it would be advisable to requested a psychiatric assessment.

The experts on our database can assist with the following –

  • Pre-sentencing reports
  • Fitness to Plead and Stand trial
  • Risk assessments including Arson
  • Pre-sentencing Reports
  • Suggestibility
  • Loss of control
  • Hospital Orders
  • Diminished Responsibility / Intent
  • Sexual / Violent crime
  • Parole Board Assessments
  • Mental Health Review Panels
  • Personality Disorders
  • Personality Disorders/Psychoses
  • Dangerousness/Risk Assessment
  • Violence/Self Harm/Suicide
  • Offender Assessment
  • Witness Assessment/Testamentary Capacity
  • Abnormal Behaviour
  • Mental Disorders
  • Psychiatric Rehabilitation
  • Rape / Sexual abuse
  • Crime Victims / Torture Victims
  • Child Abuse
  • Section 18, Section 37
  • Arson Cases
  • Murder Cases