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Title: The development of legal responsibility in the criminal law of Scotland
Author: Wright, Maurice R.
Awarding Body: University of Aberdeen
Current Institution: University of Aberdeen
Date of Award: 1956
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A study has been made of the development in the criminal law of Scotland of the defence of insanity and. of other defences relating to the responsibility of an accused person. The period covered is from 1554, the date of the earliest reported case which the author has been able to find, up to the present day. The development has been traced first, in those cases where insanity was pleaded in bar of trial, second, where insanity at the time of the commission of the crime was pleaded and third, where insanity has been a factor in mitigating the punishment of a convicted person. The doctrine of diminished responsibility has been traced to its foundations, its evolution investigated and its a function in modern times considered. The author has also examined the weight attaching to medical evidence dealing with the responsibility to an accused person. The thesis covers every reported case which the author has been able to trace together with a number of unreported cases in Scotland dealing with the defence of insanity. The author has endeavoured to set out his material in a form which will assist those pursuing further research in this field, and to the end has collected a number of the leading decisions, including some which have not been reported, in appendices at the end of the thesis.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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