Automatism and insanity


This lecture presentation covers the following issues: automatism and involuntary conduct; the requirement of a total loss of control; sane and insane automatism – the meaning of ‘disease of the mind’ – the internal / external distinction – the danger of recurrence; self-induced automatism – voluntary intoxication; specific and basic intent; burden of proof.

Principal authorities discussed include: Bratty v AG for Northern Ireland (1961); A-G’s Ref (No.2 of 1992); Hennessy (1989); Quick and Paddison (1973); Sullivan (1983); Burgess (1991); Hill v Baxter (1958); Bailey (1983); Hardie (1984); Lipman (1970).

Duration; 45 minutes

Lecturer: Norman Baird

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