Forensic Psychiatry in Pakistan

Forensic Summary by Kiana DelGrosso

Written in the International Journal of Law and Psychiatry volume 41, authors Tariq Hassan, Asad Nizami, and Sarah Hirji wrote the article Forensic Psychiatry in Pakistan that reviewed the forensic psychiatry services available. Definitions of forensic psychiatry were provided in the introduction as well as a brief history of the Pakistan judicial system that will be referenced. Before any trial occurs, the defendant must be examined if they have the capacity to defend themselves in a case. If the defendant is not capable of defending themselves, a medical officer will be appointed to examine the defendant to determine the next course of action. Criminal responsibility, police roles, and public perception were also included in this review to allow the reader to understand the basics of Pakistan law.

Two Mental Health Ordinance laws were provided by the authors in order to show how mental health is dealt with in Pakistan according to their legislation. There is also information pertaining to forensic psychiatry training included. This review is meant to inform audiences of forensic psychiatry in another country and how different laws and legislation can hinder or help when dealing with criminals that need forensic psychiatry help.

Tariq Hassan, Asad Tamizuddin Nizami, Sarah Hirji, Forensic psychiatry in Pakistan, International Journal of Law and Psychiatry, Volume 41, July–August 2015, Pages 95-104, ISSN 0160-2527,


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