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the use of psychiatric knowledge and techniques in questions of law, as in determining legal insanity.

forensic psychiatry n.
The branch of psychiatry that makes determinations, as regarding fitness to stand trial, the need for commitment, or responsibility for criminal behavior, in a court of law.


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