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during Her Majesty's pleasure


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A phrase colloquially used to describe the period of detention imposed upon a defendant found not guilty by reason of insanity. Such a person was consequently known as a pleasure patient. The defendant must still be admitted to a hospital specified by the Home Secretary (either a local psychiatric hospital or a special hospital) and remain there until otherwise directed, but the phrase “during Her Majesty's pleasure” is no longer used in the statute.

Subjects: Law.


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