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The law on insanity is overdue for reform. The legal definition of the defence has not changed
significantly since 1842 and the Royal Commission stated that the definition was both out of
date and misleading.
The definition has been said to be `medically irrelevant'. For example, the key concept of…

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To remove the social stigma the Butler Committee in 1975 suggested that the verdict should be
"not guilty on evidence of a mental disorder".
Finally, the Law Commission in 1989 proposed that a defendant should be not guilty on evidence
of a severe mental disorder or severe mental handicap.

Another…

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