Dr Gurjiven Hothi

Consultant Forensic Psychiatrist

Dr Gurjiven Hothi

Dr Gurjiven Hothi is an experienced consultant forensic psychiatrist who provides expert evidence in criminal, immigration, civil and family proceedings.

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Dr Hothi is a consultant forensic psychiatrist and an experienced expert witness. She is registered with the General Medical Council. She is also a member of the Royal College of Psychiatrists. She is approved for the purposes of Section 12(2) of the Mental Health Act 1983, as amended in 2007, and she is included as an Approved Clinician on the AC register.

Experience of giving evidence

Dr Hothi has been providing psychiatric reports as an expert witness since 2015 for both the Crown and Magistrates courts. She has experience of writing reports for the Parole Board, Immigration Hearings and the First-Tier Tribunal Service. She gives oral evidence in court regularly.

Cases undertaken

Dr Hothi has experience of writing reports for a wide range of criminal proceedings to include violent offences, rape and sexual offences including historical sexual offences against minors, terrorism, drug charges, arson and fraud. She frequently addresses matters such as assessment of mental disorder, risk assessment, fitness to plead and capacity to form intent. She often receives instruction regarding automatism, insanity and diminished responsibility. She has offered opinions regarding sentencing both as the treating consultant and for second opinion.

Specialist assessments offered

  • HCR-20, a violence risk assessment and management tool using the Structured Professional Judgement model
  • Hare’s Psychopathy Checklist (PCL-R), used for identifying psychopathy
  • Structured Assessment of Protective Factors for violence risk (SAPROF), used to identify positive factors
  • The Risk for Sexual Violence Protocol (RSVP); used to formulate sexual risk.
  • International Personality Disorder Examination (IPDE) – used to assess Personality Disorders
  • Diagnostic Interview for ADHD in Adults (DIVA) – to diagnosis Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder


Barrera A. Bajorek T. Dekker R. Hothi G, Lewis A, Pearce S.  A Phenomenological Exploration of the Voices Reported by Borderline Personality and Schizophrenia Patients. Psychopathology, May 2021, Vol 54, 159-167

  • This study compared verbal auditory hallucinations in those with Borderline Personality Disorder against those with Schizophrenia.

 Mapping initiatives to Enhance Junior Doctors’ Working Lives across the UK – Health Education England, 2018

  • I was involved in the production of this document produced by Health Education England. I represented the General Medical Councils input.

Topiwala A. Hothi G. Ebmeier KP. Identifying patients as risk of perinatal mood disorders. Practitioner, 2012, 256 (1751): 15-18

  • An article outlining perinatal mood disorder and those that are at increased risk. Target audience – General Practitioners.


Dr Hothi dedicates time each week to her medicolegal practice. She is responsive and flexible when arranging assessments and visits. She is prompt in the delivery of her reports and is willing to take on urgent assessments without compromising on quality.

Qualifications and memberships

2009 MBBS University of East Anglia

2014 MRCPsych Royal College of Psychiatrists

2015 Diploma in Forensic Psychiatry Kings College London

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