Forensic Psychiatry in Iran


Seyed Mehdi Saberi 1 , * , Gholam Reza Mirsepassi 2

1 Psychiatrist, Assistant professor, Legal Medicine Research Center, Sari, Iran

2 Psychiatrist, President of Iranian Psychiatric Association, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Research Center, Mazandaran University of Medical Sciences, Sari, Iran

How to Cite: Saberi S M, Mirsepassi G R. Forensic Psychiatry in Iran, Iran J Psychiatry Behav Sci. 2013 ; 7(1):1-3.


Iranian Journal of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences: 7 (1); 1-3
Published Online: June 30, 2013
Article Type: Editorial
Received: February 16, 2013
Revised: April 15, 2013
Accepted: May 10, 2013


In Iran, department of forensic psychiatry is one of the special units of Legal Medicine Organization concerned with individuals who demonstrate psychological and psychiatric problems. The duties of forensic psychiatrists in the department are, performing psychiatric examinations and determining mental competence of two major groups of referrals: Individuals who are involved in a legal problem related to civil law and individuals who are involved in criminal responsibility and/or forbearance of punishment such as offenders and prisoners. One of the worries of the Iran jurisdiction system is the absence of a secure mental hospital devoted to the irresponsible mentally ill criminals. In fact, there is no forensic inpatient unit available in the country.

Citation: Saberi SM, Mirsepassi GR. Forensic Psychiatry in Iran. Iran J Psychiatry BehavSci 2013; 7(1): 1-3.


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