Annual National Medico-Legal Seminar 2017

14 and 15 October 2017, Grand Copthorne Waterfront, Riverfront Ballroom

The Medico-Legal Society of Singapore (MLSS), in collaboration with Singapore Medical Association (SMA) is organising The Annual National Medico-Legal Seminar 2017 on 14 and 15 October (Saturday and Sunday) at the Riverfront Ballroom, Grand Copthorne Waterfront, Singapore. The themes for the seminar are as follows:

KEYNOTE ADDRESS - DAY 1 (Informed Consent)
An American Medico-Legal Export: The Evolution of the Doctrine of Informed Consent and its Impact on Common Law Jurisdictions of the UK and its Former Colonies

In his address, Professor Chew will explore the evolution of the doctrine of informed consent first formulated in the US, and how over time the doctrine has influenced the approach taken and attitudes adopted in connection with medical errors and mishaps. The survey will focus on milestone legal cases in England and a number of British Commonwealth jurisdictions including Australia and Singapore. In the course of the survey, Professor Chew will attempt to suggest some problems the doctrine and its effects could pose in the future.

KEYNOTE ADDRESS - DAY 2 (Forensic Psychiatry)
Forensic Psychiatry and Criminal Justice: Expert Opinion, the Adversarial Process and Judicial Evaluation

Forensic psychiatry in criminal cases often attracts considerable dispute and disagreement in criminal trials. Such cases often throw up the seemingly different objectives of science and the law; as well as the difficulties faced by the Court in choosing between competing and conflicting opinions of psychiatrists. Furthermore, the adversarial nature of the proceedings, while serving the needs of justice, can colour the presentation and reception of the evidence. Although similar issues arise in other areas of expertise, such as physical forensics, or DNA analysis, it is in forensic psychiatry that we find the greatest controversy, simply because forensic psychiatry is the most immediately connected with guilt or innocence: forensic psychiatry examines and scrutinises the mental state of the accused person. Whose expert opinion is eventually accepted would often strongly point to the eventual judgment of the Court. This paper will aim to explore these tensions and difficulties, surveying both local and foreign cases, and consider ways in which forensic psychiatric testimony can be better given, received and considered in the criminal justice system.

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