Clinical Forensic Psychiatry: Settings and Practices

  • Catherine Marshall
  • Katharina SeewaldEmail author
  • Hasanen Al Taiar


This chapter is an introduction to forensic psychiatry. It provides information of what constitutes forensic psychiatry practice in different countries.

The interplay between justice, criminal responsibility and mental health varies among countries. Although there are shared principles acknowledging some relationship between mental disorder and offending, how this is put into practice within the judicial process may differ. This chapter consequently describes in detail the British system and focuses on issues such as the remit of clinical forensic psychiatry and how it is practiced in courts, in prisons, in specialised hospitals and also in the community. It also lays out details about the different forensic psychiatry systems in Europe (outside UK), Australia, Asia, America and the Middle East.


Forensic psychiatry British forensic psychiatry Forensic psychiatry in Europe Forensic psychiatry in Middle East American forensic psychiatry 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Catherine Marshall
    • 1
  • Katharina Seewald
    • 2
    Email author
  • Hasanen Al Taiar
    • 3
  1. 1.Clinical Lecturer and Honorary Consultant Forensic PsychiatristLondonUK
  2. 2.Forensic Psychologist and Senior Researcher at Research & Development Division, Prison & Probation ServicesBerlinGermany
  3. 3.Consultant Forensic PsychiatristOxfordUK

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