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|Criminal Cases Review (Insanity) Bill [H.L.]
This is the text of the Criminal Cases Review (Insanity) Bill [H.L.], as introduced in the House of Lords on 11th March 1999.
Explanatory Notes to the Bill, prepared by the Home Office with the consent of Lord Ackner, are published separately as HL Bill 35- EN.
Criminal Cases Review (Insanity) Bill [H.L.]
B I L L
Make provision enabling verdicts of guilty but insane to be referred to and reviewed by the Court of Appeal.
BE IT ENACTED by the Queen's most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:-
|Reference of former verdict of guilty but insane.|| 1. - (1) Where a verdict was returned in England and Wales or Northern Ireland to the effect that a person was guilty of the act or omission charged against him but was insane at the time, the Criminal Cases Review Commission may at any time refer the verdict to the Court of Appeal if subsection (2) below applies.|
| (2) This subsection applies if the Commission consider that there is a real possibility that the verdict would not be upheld were the reference to be made and either- |
| (3) Section 14 of the Criminal Appeal Act 1995 (supplementary provision about the reference of a verdict) shall apply in relation to a reference under subsection (1) above as it applies in relation to references under section 9 or 10 of that Act.|
|Reference treated as appeal: England and Wales.|| 2. - (1) A reference under section 1(1) above of a verdict returned in England and Wales in the case of a person shall be treated for all purposes as an appeal by the person under section 12 of the Criminal Appeal Act 1968.|
| (2) In their application to such a reference by virtue of subsection (1) above, sections 13 and 14 of that Act shall have effect- |
|Reference treated as appeal: Northern Ireland.|| 3. - (1) A reference under section 1(1) above of a verdict returned in Northern Ireland in the case of a person shall be treated for all purposes as an appeal by the person under section 12 of the Criminal Appeal (Northern Ireland) Act 1980.|
| (2) In their application to such a reference by virtue of subsection (1) above, sections 12 and 13 of that Act shall have effect- |
|Extent and short title.|| 4. - (1) Section 1 above and this section extend to England and Wales and Northern Ireland.|
| (2) Section 2 above extends to England and Wales.|
| (3) Section 3 above extends to Northern Ireland.|
| (4) This Act may be cited as the Criminal Cases Review (Insanity) Act 1999.|
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