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Crime: Diminished Responsibility

Volume 684: debated on Wednesday 12 July 2006

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Whether, in order to protect the public from repeat offences, they will increase the flexibility given to judges sentencing those with a mental illness found guilty of manslaughter on grounds of diminished responsibility, attempted murder and other violent offences.[HL6419]

The courts already have wide-ranging powers to divert mentally disordered offenders to hospital for treatment for their mental disorder. These powers apply to offenders convicted of any imprisonable offence and similar powers are also available for persons found unfit to plead or not guilty by virtue of insanity.

These powers have proved effective in protecting the public from repeat offences.