23 Contemp. Drug Probs. 631 (1996)
Intoxicated Automatism: Legal Concept vs. Scientific Evidence

handle is hein.journals/condp23 and id is 665 raw text is: Contemporary Drug Problems 23/Winter 1996

Intoxicated automatism: legal
concept vs. scientific evidence
BY HAROLD KALANT
Harold Kalant is professor emeritus in pharmacology at the
University of Toronto and director emeritus of the Clinical
Research and Treatment Institute at the Addiction Research
Foundation (33 Russell St., Toronto, Ont. M5S 2S1, Canada).
Dr. Kalant has also served as an expert witness in numerous
criminal and civil cases involving evidence of intoxication.
The concept of automatism as a consequence of severe alco-
holic intoxication received much public and media attention
as a result of the decision of the Supreme Court of Canada in
the case of Daviault v. R. and decisions in several other courts
subsequently. As a result of public indignation over the deci-
sion in Daviault v. R., the Minister of Justice introduced leg-
islation to the House of Commons to eliminate intoxicated
AUTHOR'S NOTF: This paper was originally prepared as a submission to
the House of Commons Standing Committee on Justice and Legal Affairs,
and was presented before the Committee in Ottawa on June 13, 1995. The
views expressed in this document are those of the author and do not neces-
sarily reflect the policies or official views of the Addiction Research Foun-
dation of Ontario.

© 1997 by Federal Legal Publications, Inc.

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