Criminal Law (Insanity) Act 2006


1.— In this Act, save where the context otherwise requires—

“ act ” includes omission and references to committing an act include references to making an omission;

“ the Act of 2001” means the Mental Health Act 2001 ;

“ approved medical officer ” means a consultant psychiatrist (within the meaning of the Mental Health Act 2001 );

“clinical director” has the meaning assigned to it by the Mental Health Act 2001 , and, where an approved medical officer is duly authorised by a clinical director to perform his or her functions under this Act, the officer shall, in relation to those functions, be deemed, for the purposes of this Act, to be a clinical director;

“court” means any court exercising criminal jurisdiction and includes court martial;

“designated centre” shall be construed in accordance with section 3 ;

“establishment day” means the day appointed under section 10 to be the establishment day;

“intoxication” means being under the intoxicating influence of any alcoholic drink, drug, solvent or any other substance or combination of substances;

“legal representative” means a practising barrister or a practising solicitor;

“mental disorder” includes mental illness, mental disability, dementia or any disease of the mind but does not include intoxication;

“Minister” means the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform;

“patient”, in sections 12 , 13 and 14 , means a person detained in a designated centre pursuant to this Act;

“ prison ” means a place of custody administered by the Minister;

“ prisoner ” means a person who is in prison on foot of a sentence of imprisonment, on committal awaiting trial, on remand or otherwise;

“ Review Board ” means the Mental Health (Criminal Law) Review Board established under section 11 ;

“ special court ” means a special court established under Article 38.3.1° of the Constitution.