Fit for purpose in today’s society? Reflecting on provocation pleas in modern Scotland

McPherson, R. (2023) Fit for purpose in today’s society? Reflecting on provocation pleas in modern Scotland. Journal of Criminal Law, 87(2), pp. 97-108. (doi: 10.1177/00220183231165813)

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Provocation has been the subject of long-term, international scrutiny and is currently under consideration by the Scottish Law Commission as part of their review of homicide and defences to murder. This article reflects on how provocation is used in practice in Scottish courts and considers two aspects of potential reform in particular: where the basis of the plea is infidelity and where the plea is used in the context of someone killing an abuser. It is recognised that reform of the plea now appears inevitable (and required) but this article cautions against complete abolition or expansion of the plea. The discussion is informed by critical feminist analysis of both reported and unreported cases and seeks to better illuminate how the plea is currently operating in practice.

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:Journal of Criminal Law
Publisher:SAGE Publications
ISSN (Online):1740-5580
Published Online:29 March 2023
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2023 The Authors
First Published:First published in Journal of Criminal Law 87(2):97–108
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons license

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