Duhaime's Law Dictionary


Lunacy law Definition:

The law as it relates to the assessment and committal of persons incapable of managing themselves or their affairs.

Related Terms: Dementia, M'Naghten Rules, Insanity

A term no longer in use.

For no apparent reason other than overuse, the former perfectly good legal terms lunatic and lunatic law seem now to be politically incorrect, as it were, and is now, generally, referred to as adult guardianship law.

The older book section of larger law libraries with have titles which refer to lunatic law such as Lunacy Practice by David Hunt and John Phillips (London: Stevens and Sons, 1939).

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