Forensic Psychiatry is a combination of the law and psychiatric practice that deals with issues like criminal responsibility.
Forensic psychiatry is the interface between law and psychiatry. It involves the assessment and treatment of mentally abnormal offenders, as well as the legal aspects of psychiatry which require knowledge of the law relating to ordinary psychiatric practice, civil law and issues of criminal responsibility.
Forensic psychiatry also includes psychiatric consultation in a wide variety of legal matters (including expert witness testimony) as well as clinical work with perpetrators and victims.
While the Canadian definition of the sub-specialty is similar to that of the USA, actual practice differs because of the difference in the legal systems.