Practice and Procedure

R v R (2010)

PUBLISHED February 2, 2010

[2010] EWCA Crim 194

When directing a jury in relation to whether a defendant's mental responsibility for his actions was substantially impaired for the purposes of the defence of diminished responsibility, it was necessary for the judge to convey the plain meaning of the Homicide Act 1957 s.2(1). There was no uncertainty or ambiguity in the language of the statute.

CA (Crim Div) (Lord Judge LCJ, Penry-Davey J, Irwin J)