Bordeaux: the study day on the criminalization of madness will not remain without follow-up

Following the Sarah Halimi affair, the study day organized in Bordeaux offered a cross-view of lawyers, judges, psychiatric experts and prison staff on criminal irresponsibility.

The test is in the process of being transformed. The study day on the criminalization of madness which took place on July 1 in Bordeaux will not go without a follow-up. University degree, observatory, training center, institute like that of criminal defense? “We must take hold of the subject at our levels, in our professions of lawyers, psychiatrists, magistrates, prison staff but in interdisciplinarity, not each in our corner”, advocates Me Maud Sécheresse who had carte blanche from the Council of the Bar Association to organize this event.

This study day followed the Sarah Halimi affair, named after this retiree of Jewish faith, beaten and defenestrated on the night of April 3 to 4, 2017 in Paris to the sound of “Allah akbar”. Last April, the Court of Cassation confirmed an abolition of the discernment of Kobili Traoré, recognized as suffering from a “delusional puff” linked to his heavy consumption of cannabis, excluding, under article 122-1 of the penal code , holding a trial. The decision has sparked a societal debate such that the law on criminal irresponsibility is set to change.

Maud Sécheresse managed to bring together psychiatric experts such as Paul Bensussan, lawyers, magistrates including the first president of the Bordeaux Court of Appeal, Isabelle Gorce who was director of the prison administration, prison staff and controllers of places of deprivation of liberty and the director Olivier Pighetti, whose extracts from the documentary “Murderous Folly” were broadcast.

Following the chronology of the penal chain – instruction, hearing and post-hearing -, the debates recalled the definition of a mental disorder and of discernment, evoked the psychiatric expertises, the problem of the detention of people with mental disorders, the need for a trial of the victims and the fate of the perpetrators in great suffering. With the same desire to make these exchanges fruitful and known.

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