Diminished responsibility post codification: lost opportunities, tensions and gendered applications

McPherson, R. (2021) Diminished responsibility post codification: lost opportunities, tensions and gendered applications. Edinburgh Law Review, 25(2), pp. 173-191. (doi: 10.3366/elr.2021.0693)

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Following from the Scottish Law Commission’s Report on Insanity and Diminished Responsibility, the Criminal Justice and Licensing (Scotland) Act 2010 codified the plea of diminished responsibility. Part of the justification for this codification arose from the need to clarify the rule in relation to drugs and alcohol. With this change there existed scope to develop the plea in a way which appreciated the complex interplay between mental conditions and intoxication- something which was absent under common law. At a time when mental health law is under review in Scotland, this article seeks to examine the landscape of diminished responsibility, asking whether s51B is able to properly appreciate the realities of offending and whether it is applied to all accused fairly and consistently.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:McPherson, Dr Rachel
Authors: McPherson, R.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Law
Journal Name:Edinburgh Law Review
Publisher:Edinburgh University Press
ISSN (Online):1755-1692
Published Online:05 May 2021
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2021 The Edinburgh Law Review Trust and Rachel McPherson
First Published:First published in Edinburgh Law Review 25(2):173-191
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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