Diminished Responsibility

Diminished Responsibility in Europe

Diminished Responsibility in Germany

Provisions relating to diminished responsibility in the German Criminal Code [1]: This criminal issue is covered by Chapter Two the Offenceunder the First Title, Foundations of Criminal Liability,” located in Section 21 Diminished responsibility, which reads: If the capacity of the offender to appreciate the unlawfulness of his actions or to act in accordance with any such appreciation is substantially diminished at the time of the commission of the offence due to one of the reasons indicated in section 20, the sentence may be mitigated pursuant to section 49 (1).



  1. The content of the translated German penal code in relation to diminished responsibility is current as of 2010

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