Diminished Responsibility (s.2 Homicide Act, s.52 CJA 2009)

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Mind Map on Diminished Responsibility (s.2 Homicide Act, s.52 CJA 2009), created by t00101 on 10/17/2014.

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Diminished Responsibility (s.2 Homicide Act, s.52 CJA 2009)
1 Abnormality of mental functioning
1.1 'A state of mind so different from that of ordinary human beings that the reasonable man would term it abnormal'
1.1.1 Byrne (1960)
1.2 cause of abnormality of mental functioning must arise from a 'recognised medical condition'
1.2.1 covers both psychological and physical conditions
1.2.2 there must be medical evidence
2 Substantially impaired
2.1 the abnormality of mental functioning must substantially impair the defendant's mental responsibility for his acts or omissions in doing or being a party to the killing
2.1.1 the jury must decide whether the impairment is of a substantial degree
2.2 substantial does not mean total, nor does it mean trivial or minimal (something in between)
2.2.1 Lloyd (1967)
2.3 the defendant's ability to do one of these three must be substantially impaired:
2.3.1 to understand the nature of his conduct
2.3.2 to form a rational judgement
2.3.3 to exercise self-control
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