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Mental Health and Scots Law in Practice

Mental Health and Scots Law in Practice
2nd Edition
Practice Area:  Mental Health
ISBN:  9780414017634
Published by:  W. Green
Publication Date:  12 Dec 2014
Subscription Information:  Non-Subscribable Product
Format:  Hardback
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The 2nd edition of this detailed practitioner text remains a straightforward account of the legal issues relevant to Scottish psychiatric practice.  It explains how the Scottish legal system deals with mental health issues, and outlines psychiatric care systems; now fully updated to include developments since implementation of the Mental Health (Care Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003. Essential new areas covered include multi-disciplinary input, inclusion of the Code of Practice and important new research findings. The expert authors also provide increased detail on the effectiveness of Tribunals.

  • Provides in-depth guidance to the provisions of the Mental Health (Care and Treatment) (Scotland) Act 2003
  • Plain English introductions are included on mental disorder, the Scottish legal system and criminology
  • Lays out practical guidance on preparing a report for court and giving evidence as an expert witness

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  • Mental Disorder and Psychiatric Services
  • The Scottish Legal System
  • Civil Mental Health Legislation
  • Civil Issues
  • Adults with Incapacity
  • Psychiatric Systems and Services for Mentally Disordered offenders
  • Risk Assessment and Management
  • Psychiatric Defences
  • Legislation for mentally disordered offenders
  • Court Reports and Expert Witness


Dr Lindsay Thomson MD is a Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist and works as a clinician at the State Hospital and as a researcher and teacher at the University of Edinburgh.
Joanna Cherry QC is an Advocate.
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