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R v Thornton (No 2)

R v Thornton (No 2)   COURT OF APPEAL, CRIMINAL DIVISION LORD TAYLOR OF GOSFORTH CJ, HIDDEN AND EBSWORTH JJ 4, 5, 13 DECEMBER 1995 b Criminal law – Murder – Provocation – Self-control of reasonable man – Characteristics of accused – Battered wife syndrome – Appellant with personality disorder stabbing husband – Direction to jury on provocation although not relied on by defence – Appellant convicted – Subsequent fresh medical evidence of personality disorder and battered wife syndrome – Whether appellant’s abnormal characteristics eligible for c consideration by jury in determining whether reasonable person having characteristics of appellant would have lost self-control. In 1988 the appellant, who...

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Ramjattan v The State

      Indravani Ramjattan   Appellant   v.   The State     Respondent   FROM              THE COURT OF APPEAL OF TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO    --------------- REASONS  FOR  DECISION  OF  THE  LORDS OF  THE  JUDICIAL  COMMITTEE  OF  THE  PRIVY COUNCIL  UPON A PETITION FOR SPECIAL LEAVE TO APPEAL AS A POOR PERSON OF  THE   3rd February 1999, Delivered the  4th March 1999 ------------------ Present at the hearing:- Lord Hobhouse of Woodborough Lord Mackay of Clashfern Sir Andrew Leggatt  [Delivered by Lord Hobhouse of Woodborough]   ------------------   This petitioner’s petition (along with her supplemental petition) was heard on 3rd February 1999 at the same time as petitions of Denny Baptiste and Haniff Hilaire.  At the conclusion of the hearing, their Lordships announced that the petitions of...

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LONGSWORTH v THE QUEEN

IN THE COURT OF APPEAL OF BELIZE, A. D. 2014 Criminal Appeal No. 21  of 2012              LAVERN LONGSWORTH                                                     Appellant                                                                                                v                                                                                THE QUEEN                                                         Respondent                                                 ______ BEFORE: The Hon. Mr. Justice Dennis Morrison                        Justice of Appeal The Hon. Mr. Justice Samuel Awich                              Justice of Appeal The Hon. Madam Justice Minnet Hafiz-Bertram          Justice of Appeal   G. P.  Smith  S. C. along with L.  Mendes  for the  appellant C. Vidal S.C., Director of Public Prosecutions, along with...

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Battered woman syndrome

Battered woman syndrome The concept of ‘battered woman syndrome’ (BWS) was first raised in Australian case law in the early 1990s. Throughout the 1990s BWS was discussed in many subsequent cases and academic articles. This aspect of the project maps cases, academic analysis and law reform to consider the role of feminist academic critique on the development and disappearance of ‘battered woman syndrome’ in judicial decision-making. We provide a summary of relevant cases and consider feminist academic commentary of the cases where available, noting whether this commentary is neutral, positive or negative. Since about 2000 there has been significant law reform...

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COURT IN THE FULL COURT OF THE SUPREME COURT OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA COURT OF CRIMINAL APPEAL KING CJ(1), LEGOE(2) AND BOLLEN(3)

    COURT IN THE FULL COURT OF THE SUPREME COURT OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA COURT OF CRIMINAL APPEAL KING CJ(1), LEGOE(2) AND BOLLEN(3) JJ   CWDS Criminal Law - False Imprisonment and Causing Grievous Bodily Harm with intent - violence inflicted on victim by male associate of the two appellant women - defence denying that they were parties to purpose of inflicting violence - alternative defence of duress - verdicts of guilty not unsafe or unsatisfactory on evidence admitted. Evidence - two women charged with false imprisonment and causing grievous bodily harm with intent - defence of duress - expert evidence of "battered woman syndrome" held inadmissible...

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