Forensic psychiatry is defined as "a subspecialty of psychiatry in which scientific and clinical expertise is applied to legal issues in legal contexts embracing civil, criminal, correctional or legislative matters" (American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law 1989/1991, p. x). The subspecialty of forensic psychiatry is burgeoning. The past decade has witnessed enormous growth in interest in this specialty as demonstrated by the proliferation of journals devoted exclusively to forensic psychiatry, the development of forensic psychiatry fellowships, and the establishment of board certification. The American Board of Medical Specialties has recognized forensic psychiatry as a subspecialty of psychiatry. The American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology has conducted examinations for certification in the subspecialty of forensic psychiatry since 1994. In the United States, the majority of forensic psychiatric services are performed by general psychiatrists who are not board certified in forensic psychiatry (Simon 2004).

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