The Assessment of Malingering

The Assessment of Malingering “There were no real demons, no talking dogs, no satanic henchmen. I made it all up via my wild imagination so as to find some form of justification for my criminal acts against society” [“Son of Sam” serial killer David Berkowitz]. Deception is a frequent behaviour that occurs in day to day […]

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Fitness to Plead: The Pritchard Criteria

Fitness to Plead: The Pritchard Criteria It is interesting that the question of the accused being unfit is dealt with using the 1836 criteria of R v. Pritchard. In Pritchard, the accused was deaf, unable to speak and was charged with bestiality. In Pritchard the jury were directed that in order to be sane the accused must be, […]

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7 Tips for Finding the Right Psychiatric Expert

7 Tips for Finding the Right Psychiatric Expert In R v Turner (1975) 60 Cr. App. R. 80, Lawton LJ stated: “…the fact that an expert witness has impressive scientific qualifications does not by that fact alone make his opinion on matters of human nature and behaviour within the limits of normality any more helpful […]

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