The Insanity Defense Remained Unchanged for Almost a Century.
The insanity defense remained unchanged for almost a century. When bill C-30 was passed, changing the legislation governing mentally disordered offenders, which of the following changes was implemented?
A) All mental disorders recognized in the DSM-IV-TR were recognized in the legal system.
B) The APA provided the legal system with a definition of insanity.
C) The name of the defence was changed from "not guilty by reason of insanity" (NGRI) to "not criminally responsible on account of a mental disorder" (NCRMD).
D) The word "wrong" was abandoned because of its controversial nature.
E) The content in section 16 of the Criminal Code was modified.
Robert has assaulted a neighbor. Even though he understands the act itself, he is declared, according to the M'Naghten standard, to be insane. Which of the following would most effectively help us judge the accuracy of this claim?
A) Robert is unable to give a detailed account of his actions at the time of the offense.
B) Robert had been heavily intoxicated at the time of the offense.
C) Robert had a long history of mental illness during his childhood.
D) It has been determined that at the time of his offense, Robert was suffering from a defect of the mind.
E) Robert is unable to understand that the act is wrong.
People who are unable to participate actively in their own defence due to mental disorder are
A) often referred to a substitute decision-maker who decides what the plea will be.
B) automatically declared guilty and sentenced.
C) referred to as unfit to stand trial.
D) referred to as not criminally responsible on account of mental disorder.
E) automatically declared not guilty and acquitted.
In R. v. Chaulk (1990) the Court decided that
A) the word "wrong" should be interpreted to include morally wrong only if the accused does not suffer from a personality disorder.
B) the word "wrong" should be interpreted to include morally wrong.
C) the word "wrong" means wrong according to law and not morally wrong.
D) changes be made to Bill C-30 relating to who can raise the defence of insanity.
E) Bill C-30 was unconstitutional.