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Criminal Responsibility

Forensic assessment of criminal responsibility issues involves more than just the administration of psychological tests and interviewsIt is essential that the data obtained by psychological tests and interviews be evaluated in light of the legal question at handIt is essential that the examining psychologist be aware of the legal criteria regarding criminal responsibility issues

The legal issues involve determination of mental illness or mental retardationHowever, it is necessary that these issues be evaluated in light of the defendant's ability to understand the wrongfulness of the alleged actions or offenses and the defendant's ability to conform his or behavior to the requirements of the lawIt is also vital that the psychologist understand that, in a criminal responsibility evaluation, it is the defendant's mental state at the time of the alleged offense that is the focus.   Because of this, an evaluation of a defendant who demonstrates an intellectual ability within the mentally deficient range does not automatically address the issue of criminal responsibilityForensically trained psychologists understand the need to interface psychological and legal criteria

The current standard of Professional Care regarding criminal responsibility evaluations requires not only the administration of appropriate and statistically relevant psychological tests, but also requires the gathering of as much collateral data as is possible in a given caseDr. Kitchen generally utilizes some or all of the following data in a criminal responsibility evaluation

Dr. Kitchen also makes an effort to determine the possibility of feigning or malingeringyAll reports address the psychological data in terms of the legal criteria regarding criminal responsibility.