Suicide as a crime in the UK: legal history, international comparisons and present implications.

  • Jan Neeleman
  • Published 1996 in Acta psychiatrica Scandinavica


Suicide was a crime in England and Wales until 1961. This paper compares the English legal treatment of suicide with that in other Western countries. The delayed English decriminalization of suicide is a likely result of the nature of English common law, rather than a reflection of actual public opinion and medico-legal practice. This subject remains of… (More)


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