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A Journal on Forensic Medicine
Minerva Medicolegale 2016 June;136(1-2):8-16
Technical consultancy on transsexualism in the light of lgs. d. n. 150/2011: the not always requested contribution of legal medicine
Debora FARINA, Carmelo RAIMONDO, Raffaele LA RUSSA, Mariantonia DI SANZO, Alessandro SANTURRO
Dipartimento di Scienze Anatomiche, Istologiche, Medico Legali e dell’Apparato Locomotore, Università “Sapienza” di Roma, Roma, Italia
Following the amendments made to the Law no. 164/1982, Legislative Decree no. 150/2011, which no longer expressly provides the possibility of carrying out a technical consultancy for the study of psycho-sexual conditions of the transsexual subject, part of Legal-Medicine interpretation has questioned the possible narrowing of technical-expert surveys and therefore the contribution of Legal Medicine and Mental-Forensic disciplines in cases of rectification of sex registry attribution. Starting from this assumption, the authors addressed the issue concerning the technical consultancy on the subject of transsexualism, focusing on the skills required and on the expert’s methodology to be adopted in the c.t.u. field. In order to better protect the mental and physical health of transsexual subject, the importance of a multidisciplinary approach, and so the need of the appointment of an expert panel composed by one specialist in Forensic Medicine and one in Psychiatry have been stressed. At the same time, it emerged that in fact in some Italian Courts, already before the legislative amendment, was customary to base the judgment even only on the documentation attached by the applicant and released from various authorized centers.