Break in the chain of causation

When this occurs, the courts interpret this to mean that the accused’s conduct was not the cause of the harm or injury.

A break in the chain of causation means that the courts have interpreted events and decided that the accused’s conduct was not the cause of the harm or injury.  This is unusual but when it does occur it will result in the accused being acquitted. A break in the chain of causation arises where there is a new intervening act or ‘novus actus interveniens’

In these circumstances it may not be appropriate to find the defendant responsible for the eventual outcome as others have played an important part in bringing this about.  The law may still want to blame the accused for the way in which he or she acted, but the law will also want to hold others responsible for the part they played if they were the main contributor to the outcome.

Causation # 1 - 'But For' by The Law Bank Youtube

Causation # 2 - Legal Causation by The Law Bank Youtube

Causation # 3 - Intervening Acts by The Law Bank  Youtube

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