Forensic Psychiatry focuses on the interface between psychiatry and law. Forensic evaluations are typically contracted with an attorney, rather than the person to be examined. To initiate a forensic evaluation, the attorney usually speaks with Dr. Manlove’s office by telephone to clarify the exact psychiatric questions to be addressed, whether he possesses the relevant areas of psychiatric expertise, whether conflicts of interest exist, and the types of information needed.
Dr. Manlove has had a clinical practice since 1987 through which he has evaluated over 50,000 patients and a forensic practice since 1991 through which he has completed more than 500 forensic evaluations. He is experienced in both civil and criminal cases. His civil work has included employment discrimination, sexual harassment, personal injury, psychiatric disability, civil competencies, and malpractice. Criminal work has included assessment of mental illness, evaluation of criminal competencies, insanity assessment, evaluation of issues related to transfer between adult and juvenile court, and sentencing options as related to mental health care for both juveniles and adults.
The evaluations he conducts are based on a broad database. He makes every effort to write objective reports utilizing well-founded forensic examination tools. He takes special care with forensic evaluation reports. Dr. Manlove considers a report especially successful if it moves the litigation process forward without the need for testimony. Having practiced over 25 years in western South Dakota, Dr. Manlove has developed solid professional relationships with psychologists who can provide testing and testimony when needed.
Dr. Manlove has completed forensic evaluations for cases in South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska, New Mexico, Virginia, and Wyoming.