Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Medicine and the Law$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

K. Kannan

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780198082880

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198082880.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (oxford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Oxford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in OSO for personal use. date: 17 January 2021

Doctors in Court

Doctors in Court

(p.239) 4 Doctors in Court
Medicine and the Law

K. Kannan

Oxford University Press

Doctors appearance in courts could be in three different situations: as an expert witness to support a medical opinion already secured or to explain a medical condition of a party or witness in litigation, both civil and criminal, as respondent in actions complaining of medical negligence or as accused in a criminal case for commission of offences under one or other penal laws or a medical professional acquiring a law degree wishing to pursue practice as a lawyer. Some of the age old practices of adopting ‘the finger test’ for a rape victim to suggest that the victim was habituated to sex are adversely commented as degrading exercises and the doctor shall know that sexual assault is not a medical phenomenon but a fact proved like in any other case. Enactments dealing with organ transplant, sex testing, medical termination, drugs, and cosmetics licensing, etc. contain penal provisions that trigger scope for action against erring doctors.

Keywords:   Doctors’ role in courts, medical certificate, medical opinion, assessment of mental condition, disability assessment, medical negligence, paternity testing, doctor as lawyer

Oxford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .