Written Answers. - Criminal Insanity Legislation.

Frances Fitzgerald

Question:

517 Ms F. Fitzgerald asked the Minister for Justice if she is considering a review of the guilty but insane verdict. [16852/96]

As I announced on 5 June 1996, I have obtained Government approval for the drafting of a Bill to amend the law relating to criminal insanity. The Bill will provide a comprehensive review of all aspects of the law in this area and, among other things, will propose a new verdict of "not guilty by reason of insanity" to replace the present "guilty but insane" verdict.