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Fitness to plead and core competencies: problems and possibilities

Peay, Jill (2012) Fitness to plead and core competencies: problems and possibilities. Law working papers, WPS 02-2012. Department of Law, London School of Economics and Political Science, London, UK.

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Written in the light of the Law Commission’s Consultation Paper on Unfitness to Plead, this paper examines some of the core competencies that should underpin a test of unfitness to plead. It comprises three broad sections: (i) an examination of the current problems with unfitness and the foundational principles for a revised test, (ii) a description of the prevailing test of unfitness and of those that might be used to reformulate it, and (iii) an examination of the core competencies that would be required in an accused person to facilitate proper engagement with a criminal trial. An Appendix details some of the working criteria which emerged during the formulation of the psychiatric test currently under development by the Nuffield Foundation-funded research team.

Item Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
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Additional Information: © 2012 The Author. Users may download and/or print one copy to facilitate their private study or for non-commercial research. Users may not engage in further distribution of this material or use it for any profit-making activities or any other form of commercial gain.
Library of Congress subject classification: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
K Law > K Law (General)
Sets: Departments > Law
Research centres and groups > Mannheim Centre for Criminology
Identification Number: WPS 02-2012
Date Deposited: 10 Jul 2012 10:41

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