Unit of Forensic Psychiatry

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Main tasks

The Unit of Forensic Psychiatry at the CURML carries out psychiatric evaluations at the request of legal, criminal and civil authorities, and also for disability insurance organizations.

CURML, PL, Geneva site

  • Location : 32, rue Jean-Violette, 1205 Genève (google map), (map search)
  • Postal address : Rue Gabrielle-Perret-Gentil 4, 1211 Genève 14
  • Phone : 022 372 19 10
  • Fax : 022 372 19 29

Fields of activity

Its fields of activity are as follows :

Criminal justice :

  • Expert evaluations of criminal liability
  • Expert evaluations of dangers posed
  • Expert evaluations of credibility
  • Expert evaluations for the juvenile courts.

Civil justice :

  • Expert evaluations concerning guardianship
  • Expert evaluations concerning the deprivation of liberty for purposes of assistance
  • Expert evaluations concerning families: aptitude as a parent or as a guardian for educational purposes, etc.
  • Other : ability to do a job, drive a vehicle, etc.

Social Insurance :

  • Expert evaluations in relation to disability insurance benefit applications
  • Expert evaluations for the Insurance Tribunal.


The activities of the PL are carried out under the responsibility of Dr Gérard Niveau, Psychiatrist, Senior physician, Agrégé. The staff consists of several psychiatrists and secretaries.

The Forensic Psychiatry unit conducts most of the criminal evaluations that are assigned to it. It delegates and supervises certain civil or insurance-related assignments in collaboration with other services: the Adult Psychiatry Service of the Department of Psychiatry of Geneva University Hospital (HUG), the Child and Juvenile Psychiatry Service of the HUG and the Medical Teaching Service of the Office of Young People.

The Forensic Psychiatry unit conducts from 180 to 200 expert evaluations every year.


  • Undergraduate teaching on topics such as the capacity of discernment, the deprivation of liberty for purposes of assistance, guardianship.
  • Postgraduate teaching: forensic psychiatry and expert evaluations for 2nd year interns (FMH Psychiatry).
  • Participation in various courses in the field of ethics and psychiatry.
  • Collaboration with the Geneva Law Faculty in the teaching of criminology.

Research topics

  • Evaluation and validation of tools for assessing the credibility of statements by minors.
  • Identification and adaptation of tools for assessing dangers posed.