Abolishing Insanity: Proposals from England and Wales

Catley, Paul (2017). Abolishing Insanity: Proposals from England and Wales. In: White, Mark. D. ed. The Insanity Defense: Multidisciplinary Views on Its History, Trends, and Controversies. Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger, pp. 273–305.

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Abstract

The current English criminal law defense of insanity arose out of controversy and remains controversial to this day. This chapter will look at the origins of the current law and then briefly at the development of that law through subsequent cases, before examining proposals for their abolition and their replacement with anew defense better suited to the needs of the 21st century.

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