Forensic Psychiatric Assessment for Capital Crime Offenders with Mental Illness in China: A Stakeholder Perspective Analysis

Lilou Jiang
This paper investigates the accessibility and reliability of forensic psychiatric assessment for capital crime offenders who raise the defense of insanity in the Chinese criminal justice system. At present, only the judicial authority agencies can order a psychiatric assessment in criminal cases, whereas suspects/defendants’ requests for mental evaluation are subject to the approval of the former, who, in practice, tend to accept requests from suspects bearing misdemeanor charges, but are inclined to deny an assessment...
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