1998 suplement 3


Volume 7, suplement 3

Original article

Diminished accountability: A new legal norm in Lithuania

1. Narodowego Ośrodka Psychiatrii i Narkologii w Wilnie (Litwa)
Postępy Psychiatrii i Neurologii, 1998, 7, suplement 3 (8), 57-60
Keywords: Lithuania, diminished accountability


The authors discuss the justifications for the insanity defence and analyze the psychological and sociological premises for its application. They quote the legal regulations currently in farce in Western Europe and justifications for use of the insanity defence to show that this formula should also oblige in the Lithuanian Penal-Procedural Code. They seek further justification in legal practice for the introduction of the concept of diminished accountability to Lithuanian legislation.

Address for correspondence:
Dr Jelena Marcinkeviciene,
National Service of Forensic Psychiatry and Narcology in Lithuania,
Parko 15, 2048 Vilnius