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diminished responsibility


Comparative law notes

In Hong Kong law, this term is known as 减责神志失常.

Definitions of diminished responsibility

a mental state that does not allow a person to form the intent necessary to do a particular crime but which does not cause the person to be considered insane (=not responsible because of mental illness)

Defence counsel went on to say that his client suffers from a brain injury and has a diminished capacity.

a defence used by a person charged with a crime that they were in such a mental state at the time of the offence that they could not form the intent necessary to commit the crime they are charged with

Today's decision to abandon the settled defence of diminished capacity defies common sense and reason.