Forensic psychiatric examinations are coordinated by the Forensic Psychiatry Division of the Estonian Forensic Science Institute (EFSI).
A person is referred to a forensic psychiatric examination by an employee of a law enforcement authority (police, court).
Forensic psychiatric examinations are not conducted without an examination ruling.
In accordance with the address of the Secretary General of the Ministry of Justice (22 February 2021, no. 9-2/1237-1), as of 22 February 2021, forensic psychiatric examinations in civil proceedings can only be commissioned directly from an officially certified expert or other person with the knowledge and experience required to give an opinion (psychiatrists, clinical psychiatrists).
The EFSI does not forward the enforcement of rulings.
In offence proceedings, the rulings must always be forwarded to the EFSI. That includes rulings where the examination is commissioned directly from an officially certified expert or other person with the knowledge and experience required to give an opinion (psychiatrists, clinical psychologists).
If the EFSI is deemed the executor of the ruling, the Forensic Psychiatry Division delegates the execution of the ruling to cooperation partners (the EFSI does not have the right to delegate the execution of the rulings to officially certified experts). In this regard, the body conducting proceedings receives feedback from the EFSI on which cooperation partner / expert the execution of the ruling was delegated to and to whom the procedural materials must be forwarded.
The body conducting proceedings may, according to a prior agreement, independently appoint an officially certified expert or a cooperation partner by name as the executor of the ruling, in which case the body conducting proceedings shall forward the ruling to the expert / institution for execution and to the EFSI for information.
Outpatient forensic psychiatric examination is usually conducted within 1–2 months of the forwarding of all procedural documents to the cooperation partner, whereas in the case of inpatient forensic psychiatric examination, the examination period is longer (2–3 months).
The officially certified expert’s or partner institution’s fee is paid in the Fitek invoice centre upon approval of the invoice of the body conducting proceedings.
The fees of forensic psychiatric examinations
The fees for a forensic psychiatric examination and a forensic psychiatric and forensic psychological complex examination may be increased up to three times if the allocated resources or time limit is exceeded due to the particular complexity or volume of the examination.
The fee established for the performance of a forensic psychiatric examination and a forensic psychiatric and forensic psychological complex examination includes all the costs related to conducting the examination in accordance with Regulation no. 322 of the Government of the Republic ‘Procedure for the payment of fees and the reimbursement of expenses to participants of criminal proceedings, misdemeanour proceedings, and civil and administrative proceedings’.
Contacts of Forensic Psychiatry Division:
Phone: (+372) 663 6745 / (+372) 663 6746