Posts By: NSW Courts

M’Naghten: The Man Behind the Insanity Defence

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The M’Naghten case is well-known within criminal law and probably one of the most influential judgments when it comes to criminal insanity. Although originating in England, the case has been discussed and applied in courts all over the world; from some US states to Tanzania, Norway, India and, of course, here in Australia. But while… Read more »

Defendant Avoids Trial Due to Mental Health

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In a recent case before the NSW Supreme Court, the Presiding Judge found that the defendant was not fit to stand trial for murder. The defendant, Daniel Azar, is alleged to have participated in the murder of Bassam Salameh in August 2013. During his initial police interview, Azar denied any involvement and seemed reasonably level-headed…. Read more »