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Mental illness and criminal law: irreconcilable bedfellows?

Peay, Jill (2023) Mental illness and criminal law: irreconcilable bedfellows? In: Kelly, Brendan D. and Donnelly, Mary, (eds.) Routledge Handbook of Mental Health Law. Routledge Handbooks in Law. Routledge, Abingdon, UK, 255 - 271. ISBN 9781032128375

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Identification Number: 10.4324/9781003226413-18


This chapter considers the problems of fitting disordered people, who may have offended in a way affected, if not caused, by their disorder, or who don’t or can’t act in their own best interests, into a system of law designed primarily to cope with the mentally ordered. From a criminal law perspective, it examines insanity and diminished responsibility; and from a psychiatric perspective, issues of uncertainty, complexity and trust. Whilst the chapter adopts the default position of criminal law in England and Wales, and of the Mental Health Act 1983 (MHA 1983), it endeavours to avoid too much detail of country-specific law, and rather seeks to discuss issues, principles and irreconcilable inter-disciplinary differences.

Item Type: Book Section
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Additional Information: © 2024 selection and editorial matter, the editors; individual chapters, the contributors
Divisions: Law
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
K Law > K Law (General)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2023 11:36
Last Modified: 23 Feb 2024 22:36

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