INTEGRATING FORENSIC MENTAL HEALTH IN LEGAL PROCESSES

  • Ali Burhan Mustafa +92-337-7444475
  • Urooj Zafar Behavioral Sciences, Sheikh Zayed Medical College/Hospital, Rahim Yar Khan, Pakistan.
Keywords: Forensic, Mental Health, Legal

Abstract

The special report titled "Integrating Forensic Mental Health in Legal Processes" focuses on an event held on December 15, 2023, at Sheikh Zayed Medical College in Rahim Yar Khan. This collaborative event, organized by Justice Project Pakistan (JPP), the Pakistan Psychiatric Society (Punjab Chapter), and the departments of Psychiatry and Forensic Medicine, highlighted the crucial intersection of mental health and criminal justice in Pakistan. The report discusses the situation of the death penalty and capital punishment in Pakistan, emphasizing the challenges faced by juvenile prisoners and those with mental health issues. It also features the screening of three documentaries depicting the struggles of individuals affected by the criminal justice system, emphasizing the need for a more compassionate and equitable legal system. The event included an interactive Q&A session with diverse stakeholders and concluded with an acknowledgment of JPP's contributions towards advocating justice reform. The report suggests enhancing the diversity of perspectives, focusing on actionable outcomes, and involving policymakers more directly in future events to strengthen their impact.

 

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Author Biography

Urooj Zafar, Behavioral Sciences, Sheikh Zayed Medical College/Hospital, Rahim Yar Khan, Pakistan.

Assistant Professor,

Department of Psychiatry

Published
2024-06-30
How to Cite
1.
Mustafa AB, Zafar U. INTEGRATING FORENSIC MENTAL HEALTH IN LEGAL PROCESSES. J Pak Psychiatr Soc [Internet]. 2024Jun.30 [cited 2024Jul.24];21(02). Available from: https://jpps.pk/index.php/journal/article/view/331