Sleep and the law - an introduction and update. Followed by Sleep Medicine Section AGM


Tuesday 30 September 2014


Venue Royal Society of Medicine
1 Wimpole Street
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Sleep Medicine Section


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about this event

Whilst it seems so straightforward to write a medico-legal report  required for a defendant pleading “I did it in my sleep m’laud” - it is not. Both the complexity and heterogeneity of disorders that give rise to apparently sleep-related involuntary behaviours coupled with the legal minefield that surrounds the area (most of the law was written in nineteenth century) means it is actually an area where angels fear to tread. Today’s meeting serves to provide both a starting point and an update on sleep and the law.


A limited number of places are available at this meeting and delegates are encouraged to register now to avoid disappointment. 


Sleep Medicine Section AGM

Members of the Sleep Medicine Section are invited to the Section's Annual General Meeting which will take place in the Marcus Beck Library at 5.10 pm. 


9.00 am

Registration, tea and coffee

9.30 am

So you want to be a medico-legal sleep specialist?

Dr Chris Idzikowski, President, Sleep Medicine Section, RSM

The disorders

10.00 am

NREM parasomnias

Dr Guy Leschziner, Consultant Neurologist and Clincial Lead for Sleep, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

10.30 am

REM parasomnias

Dr Paul Reading, Consultant Neurologist, James Cook University Hospital, Middlesbrough

11.00 am

Tea and coffee break

Problems and practice

11.30 am

Consciousness, memory and agency

Professor Adam Zeman, Professor, Cognitive and Behavioural Neurology, University of Exeter

12.15 pm

Thirty years and more of medico legal cases: Automatism and fugue

Dr Peter Fenwick, Consultant, Institute of Psychiatry, London

1.00 pm


Practice and more problems

2.00 pm

Sleep and driving

Professor Jim Horne, Loughborough University

2.45 pm

Challenging cases, dissociation, drugs and epilepsy

Dr Ian Morrison, Consultant Neurologist, Ninewells Hospital, Dundee and Consultant in Sleep Medicine, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh

3.15 pm

Challenging cases – sleep and epilepsy

Dr Zenobia Zaiwalla, Consultant Neurophysiologist, John Radcliffe Hospital

3.45 pm

Tea and coffee break

The law

4.15 pm

Insanity and automatism: The legal state of play

Professor Ronnie Mackay, Professor of Criminal Policy and Mental Health, Leicester De Montfort Law School

4.45 pm

Fitness to plea reforms

Miranda Bevan, Criminal Law Team, Law Commission

5.00 pm

Completion of evaluation forms

5.05 pm

Close of meeting

Sleep Medicine Section AGM


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For information on this event, contact Charlotte CordreyTel: 02072903942 Fax: 02072902989 Email: arrow