General practitioners, court reports, and alcohol related offences.Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1984; 288 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.288.6426.1273 (Published 28 April 1984) Cite this as: Br Med J (Clin Res Ed) 1984;288:1273
- J Knox,
- F Arroyave
General practitioners may have to submit medical reports to the courts on patients who have a suspected alcohol problem, 98% of such requests coming from magistrates courts. When, however, a defendant decides to plead "not guilty" to an offence on the grounds of intoxication general practitioners are often asked to prepare a report to support the plea. We present guidelines on preparing such reports and discuss the implications of the contents.