The Interface Between the Judicial System and medicine – The Possibilities and Limitations of Prison Medicine

Start Date: Monday, March 26, 2012
End Date: Saturday, March 31, 2012
Category: Criminal Law Criminal Law National Law
Venue: Trier
Country: Germany
Leading organisation: Deutsche Richterakademie
Cooperative Partner:
Language(s): German
Training level:
Target audience:
Participants(EJTN): 10
Contact: Wiebke Dettmers
Contact e-mail:
Contact phone: +49 30 18580 6971

Course Description

The conference is targeted primarily at attorneys and judges with responsibility for sentencing.
The number of queries from attorneys’ offices to the prison medical services prior to imprisonment has risen sharply in recent years. When the legal options for avoiding detention have been exhausted, medical arguments are often a second route taken to avoid spending time in jail. The same applies in equal measure for “Strafvollstreckungskammern” (courts for the execution of prison sentences).
The conference will shed light on the possibilities of prison medicine and on the resources available in correctional facilities, with the aim of providing information on how medical, physical and psychiatric arguments for avoiding imprisonment can be approached.
It is intended to focus on the following subject areas:

  • The principles of the penal system and of prison medicine (from historical, ethical, legal and organisational points of view)
  • Fitness to serve sentence (medical and legal issues)
  • Current medical issues relating to imprisonment (psychiatry, suicide, drug addiction, infectious diseases, compulsory medical treatment)
  • Disability and age
  • Medical care as an important aspect of social rehabilitation

As a result, the content of the conference should prove helpful when evaluating medical arguments both before custody begins and during the serving of a sentence.