Criminal responsibility, abnormal mental states, and the functions of expert medico-psychological evidence
James, Hazel (2005) Criminal responsibility, abnormal mental states, and the functions of expert medico-psychological evidence. PhD thesis, University of Nottingham.
This thesis exammes the interaction of law and medico-psychology in homicide cases, where the defences of insanity and diminished responsibility in particular are raised. If the defendant's mental state is subject to scrutiny through the defences, then expert medico-psychological evidence is required, yet law and medico-psychology have very different understandings on the mind and very different roles with regard to assessing individuals. Expert medico-psychological evidence can be submitted in the consideration of criminal responsibility, when sentencing is concerned with whether prison or hospital is most appropriate, and for release decisions involving judgments about the defendant's potential risk and dangerousness.
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