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Civil Responsibilities of Psychiatrists

C.L. Narayan

Keywords : Civil, Legislation, Psychiatry, Telemedicine

Citation Information : Narayan C. Civil Responsibilities of Psychiatrists. 2020; 23 (1):3-7.

DOI: 10.5005/jp-journals-11001-0003

License: CC BY-NC 4.0

Published Online: 15-11-2021

Copyright Statement:  Copyright © 2020; The Author(s).


Legislation is an important part of the life and necessary for social order. Every psychiatrist, in course of his practice, has to deal with various types of legislation or legal issues, which may be either civil or criminal in nature. Forensic psychiatry fills the gap and can be understood as a branch of psychiatry which discusses and deals with these issues originating from interface between law and psychiatric issues. The present article deals with the civil issues which are of concern to the psychiatrist in the course of discharge of his duties. The civil issues which are of importance for psychiatrists are Marriage/Divorce, Competence to be witness, Testamentary capacity, Contract, Adoption, Fitness to take care of person and property, Fitness for job, fitness for work, Voting rights and ineligibility for holding Constitutional posts, Ethical Issues, Civil Liability and liability under the Telemedicine, Telemedicine, and Liabilities under the MHCA 2017. All these issues are discussed in detail.

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