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Cost:
  • FREE
Length:
30 minutes of audio
(+ optional 5 minute online quiz)
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Course Aims:

This podcast provides a useful introduction to criminal law practitioners interested in the often confusing concept of ‘fitness to plead.’ It examines exactly what happens when the issue of a client’s capacity to undergo the trial process is raised and how this issue will be determined. It also explains how to identify the signs of mental impairment in relation to a defendant and the potential benefits of a finding of unfitness to plead.

Outcomes:
After completing the course you will:
  • Understand the circumstances in which it might be appropriate to consider raising the issue of a client’s unfitness to plead;
  • Understand what happens from a procedural perspective once the issue of a client’s unfitness to plead is raised;
  • Know how fitness to plead will be determined;
  • Know what happens if a defendant is found to be unfit to plead;
  • Be familiar with the disposals available when a defendant is found to have committed the acts alleged after a finding of unfitness to plead;
  • Know what will happen if a defendant is found to have some mental impairment but is still deemed to be fit to stand trial;
  • Know what happens if a defendant recovers whilst detained under a Hospital Order;
  • Be able to identify the signs of a fitness to plead issue.
Level:
Beginner Difficulty: 1 of 5
Classification:
Introduction
Sources and References:
  • R v Dixon [2013] EWCA Crim 465;
  • R v Pritchard (1836) 7 C&P 303.
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In this CPDcast Lesley Manley, a barrister from 1 Inner Temple Lane discusses the concept of ‘fitness to plead’ and how to recognise clients who might be unfit to enter a plea and stand trial.

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Date Recorded: 20th May 2013

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