Diminished Responsibility in Ireland: Historical Reflections on the Doctrine and Present-Day Analysis of the Law

Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly., Vol. 62, No. 3, pp. 35-55, 2011

22 Pages Posted: 1 Oct 2011 Last revised: 1 Jun 2014

Date Written: September 29, 2011

Abstract

This paper considers the development of the doctrine of diminished responsibility throughout the jurisdictions of the United Kingdom, and tracks its gradual progress to the Irish republic under s. 6 of the Criminal Law (Insanity) Act 2006. With the doctrine now firmly enshrined in Irish law, the paper moves to consider the underlying rationale peculiar to s. 6, in addition to the early signs of its impact in practice.

Keywords: Diminished responsibility, Criminal Law (Insanity) Act 2006

JEL Classification: K39

Suggested Citation

Kennefick, Louise K. M., Diminished Responsibility in Ireland: Historical Reflections on the Doctrine and Present-Day Analysis of the Law (September 29, 2011). Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly., Vol. 62, No. 3, pp. 35-55, 2011, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1935564

Louise K. M. Kennefick (Contact Author)

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