Tort

Derived from the latin word tortus meaning wrong. In french, 'tort' means a wrong.

The law of tort is concerned with civil wrongs which lead to compensation for the loss suffered, if proved.

The tort of negligence will look into high profile cases such as the responsibility of the Catholic church for the abuses committed by priests. There are many other torts for example those involving vehicle accidents, false imprisonment, defamation, nuisance and copyright infringement.

A tort action can arise where the defendant's act or omission causes damage to the claimant.  The damage arises as a result of the fault of the defendant and the defendant is liable as a consequence of the damage caused.

A popular definition is:  'Tortious liability arises from the breach of a duty primarily fixed by law; such duty is towards persons generally and its breach is redressable by an action for unliquidated damages.'  (Winfield)

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'the tort of private nuisance is ineffective and has little relevance in the modern law of torts.' discuss the tort of private nuisance in light of the above statement.

Outline the nature of the principle of vicarious liability in tort

Explain and illustrate the tort of false imprisonment

Vicarious liability is not always a safe route

Casebook on torts (paperback)

Q & a revision guide: law of torts 2011 and 2012 (law questions & answers) [paperback]

 

 

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