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Quebec Psychiatrists demand overhaul of expert testimonies in legal trials

The Association of Quebec Psychiatrists is calling for an overhau of the system of expert psychiatric testimony in legal trials. As things stand, that testimony can be used without verification of its accuracy and without protection against bias.

This week, in the lawsuit filed against an order of Redemptorist priests, it was reported that a psychiatrist testifying for the defence suggested there may have been "benefits", as well as harm, from the sexual abuse inflicted upon the victim, a young teenage boy at the time.

In a press release, the Association of Quebec Psychiatrists.said this demonstrates that a profound reform is required. We reached the association's president Dr. Karine Igartua at her Montreal office.

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