Critcisms of Insanity

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ØAffords protection - to those who are mentally disordered at the time of committing the offence so that they are not held criminally responsible for their actions

 ØNeeds to be kept within the law - this is supported by the Royal Commission on Capital Punishment saying that If a person was so mentally disordered at the time of his unlawful act, he should not be liable to conviction as it seems unfair to label someone a criminal when they were unable to realise the wrongfulness of their actions - just like its stated in the Mc’Naghten Rule.

ØOld law - the Law on Insanity came out in 1843 and has never been changed which means that its


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