Mental Health Services to the Courts

A System Isolated from Judicial Administration
  • Ingo Keilitz
Part of the Critical Issues in American Psychiatry and the Law book series (CIAP, volume 5)


In 1917, John Rathbone Oliver was a young psychiatrist at the Henry Phipps Psychiatric clinic of Baltimore’s Johns Hopkins Hospital.1 A few blocks away was a small police court. Occasionally, the magistrate of the court would drop by the clinic to discuss cases that he referred to the clinic for diagnoses. Striking up a friendship with the magistrate, Oliver began visiting the court, frequently sitting beside the magistrate on the bench as cases were being heard by the court.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ingo Keilitz
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  1. 1.Institute on Mental Disability and the LawNational Center for State CourtsWilliamsburgUSA

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