This short Act, which amends some parts of the Criminal Procedure (Insanity) Act 1964, came into force on 1 January 1992. It applies only to cases where arraignment was after that date (start of trial when charge[s] is read to the defendant), and only in the Crown and higher Courts. It enables Courts to try the facts of a case even when the defendant is “Under Disability” (= Unfit to Plead) and, when finding a person “Under Disability” or “Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity”, to order other disposals than indefinite detention in hospital. The legal definitions remain unchanged.
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