Excusing the Mentally Disordered


in Criminal Responsibility

Published in print March 2007 | ISBN: 9780199225828
Published online January 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191718571 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Monographs on Criminal Law and Justice

Excusing the Mentally Disordered

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Building on the theory of excuses in the previous chapter, this chapter argues that different kinds of excuse might be available to mentally disordered defendants who commit a criminal offence. This view is developed in the light of a critique of the M'Naghten rules, which have long provided the basis for mental disorder defences in the criminal law of England and Wales.

Keywords: excuses; M'Naghten rules; mental disorder

Chapter.  14373 words. 

Subjects: Criminal Law

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