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Medico-legal terms dictionary launched

Former Chief Justice of India Altamas Kabir (left) with the Chief Justice of Calcutta High Court Manjula Chellur during the book launch in Kolkata on Saturday.- Photo: PTI

Former Chief Justice of India Altamas Kabir (left) with the Chief Justice of Calcutta High Court Manjula Chellur during the book launch in Kolkata on Saturday.- Photo: PTI  

The book also provides elaborate legal analysis of the terms

A unique dictionary of medico-legal terms, Medico-Legal Dictionary and Jurisprudence, was launched by the Chief Justice of the Calcutta High Court Manjula Chellur here on Saturday.

The book consists not only of etymological meaning of medical and legal terms but also provides elaborate legal analysis of the terms.

Authored by senior advocate of the Calcutta High Court Tapash Gan Choudhury, the dictionary also provides analyses of the application of these terms from a medical perceptive.

Justice Chellur said that medical jurisprudence played a key role in the administration of justice and pointed out that the book would provide “valuable assistance” to the court in this regard.

Justice Chellur also said that with the advancement of medical science, medical jurisprudence was no longer limited to criminal cases as it gained significance in civil cases also.

“The role of medical jurisprudence has now extended to civil cases such as those regarding the legal heir where processes like DNA tests come into play,” said Justice Chellur. Emphasising the need for wider and more in depth understanding of medical jurisprudence, she pointed out that there were still “grey areas” concerning to what extent the court can “place reliance” on technologies such as brain mapping and lie detection.

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