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Trial of Lunatics Act 1883

Question for Ministry of Justice

UIN 89, tabled on 10 May 2022

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice, if he will make it his policy to change the title of the Trial of Lunatics Act 1883 to the Criminal Procedure (Special Verdict) Act.

Answered on

16 May 2022

The Trial of Lunatics Act 1883 uses outdated terms, and I am sympathetic to the request to change these.

It is not possible to formally amend the title of an existing Act, but it is possible to change the way to which the existing Act is referred. This requires primary legislation, so until a suitable legislative vehicle has been identified we are unable to look at this further.

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