Top answer for synoptic exam - law ocr 2013

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Referring to both the defences of insanity and automatism, assess to what extent the approach
taken by the courts in cases involving a state of automatism have created problems that have
led to `unreal distinctions being drawn'. (34)
For a defence of insanity to succeed it must fulfil the definition set by the M'Naghten Rules....
For a defence of automatism to succeed it must fulfil the definition stated in Bratty v AG for
N.Ireland...
Main unreal distinction ­ internal Vs. external
Different burden of proofs
Different verdicts/effect
Conclusion- problems in need of recognition and reform as reform so far not good enough

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