An Anatomy of Automatism
The automatism defence has been described as a quagmire of law and as presenting an intractable problem. Why is this so? This paper will analyse and explore the current legal position on automatism. In so doing, it will identify the problems which the case law has created, including the distinction between sane and insane automatism and the status of the ‘external factor doctrine’, and comment briefly on recent reform proposals.
Citation : Mackay, R.D. (2015) An Anatomy of Automatism. Medicine , Science and the Law, 55 (3), pp. 150–155
ISSN : 0025-8024
Research Group : Criminal Law and Criminal Justice
Research Institute : Institute for Evidence-Based Law Reform (IELR)
Peer Reviewed : Yes
- Department of Law