The Role of the Advocate

Wortley, Natalie and MacDonald, Alistair (2016) The Role of the Advocate. In: The Future for Fitness to Plead in the Criminal Courts, 29 June 2016, Northumbria University.

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Abstract

This paper discusses the procedure in s.4A(2)(b) of the Criminal Justice (Insanity) Act 1964 for appointing an advocate following a finding that a criminal defendant is unfit to plead. In R v Norman, the Court of Appeal emphasised that the judge should appoint “the right person for this difficult task”, such as “counsel experienced in mental health issues”, as the responsibility placed on the person appointed is “quite different” to that placed on an advocate who can take instructions from a client. The paper explores the conflict between the s.4A(2)(b) procedure and international human rights instruments, and highlights the confusion surrounding the professional and ethical duties of the court-appointed advocate.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Additional Information: This symposium was hosted by the Centre for Evidence and Criminal Justice Studies.
Subjects: M200 Law by Topic
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > School of Law
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Depositing User: Natalie Wortley
Date Deposited: 22 Sep 2016 07:29
Last Modified: 22 Sep 2016 07:29
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/27789

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