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Fitness to plead

 “Fitness to Plead” is a fundamental but understudied concept of criminal justice. It refers to a defendant’s ability to understand and participate in the legal process, a prerequisite to a fair trial. There is a need to balance the individual’s right to make autonomous decisions regarding their trial with their ability to effectively participate. The assessment of fitness to plead is carried out by psychiatrists and determined by a judge, and the costs of dealing with unfit individuals are high.

Forensic Research Group

The Forensic Research Group explores the complex relationship between mental disorders and crime. We use a developmental lifespan perspective to understand the aetiology and development of this relationship, using epidemiological, cognitive psychological and neuroimaging research methods.



Research at the IoPPN



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NIHR Maudsley BRC

NIHR Maudsley BRC

The NIHR Maudsley Biomedical Research Centre is a pioneering and key partnership between the IoPPN…

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