Criminal Law

The following topics form part of Unit 2, Law in Action.

Introduction to Criminal Law An outline understanding of the following: actus reus and mens rea; strict liability.

Fatal Offences  An understanding of the definition and key elements of the following fatal offences: murder and voluntary manslaughter based on diminished responsibility and loss of control; involuntary manslaughter (constructive and gross negligence).

Non-fatal Offences An understanding of the definition and key elements of the following non-fatal offences against the person: common assault (assault and battery); assault occasioning actual bodily harm; grievous bodily harm and wounding (s20 and s18).

Property Offences An understanding of the definition and key elements of the following property offences: theft; robbery; burglary and aggravated burglary; making off without payment.

General Defences An outline understanding of the following general defences: insanity; automatism; intoxication; duress; duress of circumstances/necessity; self-defence; consent.

 

 

 

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