Malpractices and Path of Reform Concerning Psychiatric Identification in China—Taking the “Heading-cutting Case” Committed by Hu as an Entry Point
International Journal of Law and Society
Volume 1, Issue 3, September 2018, Pages: 108-114
Received: Sep. 10, 2018; Accepted: Oct. 12, 2018; Published: Nov. 5, 2018
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Li Zhenjie, Department of Law, Southwest University of Political Science & Law, Chongqing, China
Tang Yiliang, Department of Law, Southwest University of Political Science & Law, Chongqing, China
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Recent years have witnessed a frequent increase in the number of crimes committed by the mentally ill, which accordingly leads to more cases that psychiatric perpetrators were exempted from liability, exemplified by the “head-cutting case” committed by Hu in Wuchang. However, exempting the mentally ill from criminal liability is only an exception as for imposing liabilities on criminal subjects. In judicial practice, it should be limited in use as much as possible to avoid instability occurring in the criminal law system due to the expansion of its application. At present, there are still many defects in the regulations on the mentally ill in China. On the one hand, it is difficult to provide a clear and practical definition of the exemption for the mentally ill. On the other hand, a series of problems have arisen since the public would hold doubts about the exemption for some defendants. In order to prevent "false" psychiatric identification and guarantee the effectiveness of the exemption exclusively to the mentally ill, it is necessary to analyze the value basis of exemption for the mentally ill and deconstruct some standards of psychiatric identification and related legal provisions. It should be further realized that the current psychiatric identification mainly has three defects including vague legal provisions, varied standards of identification, and improper entity in charge of initiating the identification. Given this, the paper has proposed solutions from four aspects, i.e., clarifying the standards for identifying mental illness, standardizing the criteria for admission of the appraisers, determining appropriate entity for initiating the identification, and severely punishing "false" psychiatric identification.
Mental Illness, Mandatory Medical Treatment, Judicial Appraisal, Identification Standards
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Li Zhenjie, Tang Yiliang, Malpractices and Path of Reform Concerning Psychiatric Identification in China—Taking the “Heading-cutting Case” Committed by Hu as an Entry Point, International Journal of Law and Society. Vol. 1, No. 3, 2018, pp. 108-114. doi: 10.11648/j.ijls.20180103.12
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