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Court irked with doctors` handwriting, tells to use computers

Last Updated: Sunday, April 11, 2010 - 21:21

New Delhi: Peeved at the illegible handwriting
of doctors on postmortem and other medical reports, a Delhi
court has suggested some measures for saving time during
judicial proceedings that includes preparation of such reports
on computer.

"In most of the cases, the said writings in the Medico
Legal Case(s)/postmortem reports are not at all legible and
lot of time is consumed in deciphering the said writings. The
doctors have to first describe the contents written in the
MLC(s) and postmortem reports, so that the same can be
dictated and can be converted into legible words," Additional
Sessions Judge Sanjeev Aggarwal said.

The court suggested measures to be adopted by the doctors
at all government hospitals and sent its order to the
Principal Secretary Health, and Home, NCT government, for

"The MLCs, especially the postmortem reports be prepared
by computer typing, rather than handwriting to save the time
of the court, defence lawyers and the accused and to give
better clarity to the accused persons, as to what is against
them," the court said.

Among other measures, it said, forensic reports be given
in a time bound manner, at least in serious cases.

"The final opinion regarding the cause of death, by the
autopsy surgeon is opined very late in most of the cases, due
to delayed collection of FSL/chemical analysis report of
viscera which results in grave injustice and violation of the
fundamental rights of the accused and the victim during the
trial," the court said.

Noting that such reports at present are being prepared
by very junior or trainee doctors resulting in incomplete
information about the injury and the associated findings, the
Judge said these should not be prepared by the doctors who are
not properly trained in forensic medicine

Any injury found on the body of the person including
burns should be clearly illustrated on the sketch of the human
body already printed on the back side of the proforma of the
reports besides the colour changes (of the wound) for better
appreciation of facts during the trial, it advised.

"Further, along with postmortem reports the injuries
found on the body of deceased should also be illustrated on
the sketch diagram of human body, including exit and entry
wound of bullet injuries at least in burns and murder cases,"
the court said.


First Published: Sunday, April 11, 2010 - 21:21

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