Author: Kyoji Okita, Akihiro Shiina, Tetsuya Shiraishi, Hiroyuki Watanabe, Yoshito Igarashi, and Masaomi Iyo Publication Year: 2012
Summary: In 2005, Japan enacted the first law defining judicial engagement in psychiatric practices. However, education about this law remains poor and a past survey showed that psychiatrists are still reluctant to engage in forensic psychiatry.
Description: In 2005, Japan enacted the first law defining judicial engagement in psychiatric practices. The law entitled, ‘Act on Medical Care and Treatment for Persons Who Have Caused Serious Cases under the Condition of Insanity’, provides a formal framework for forensic psychiatry. However, education about this law remains poor and a past survey showed that psychiatrists are still reluctant to engage in forensic psychiatry.
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