Criminal law

This unit will count towards the A/S qualification and involves studying the following areas of the Law.


The rules of criminal law

Rules and principles concerning general elements of criminal liability and liability for non-fatal offences against the person.

General elements of liability

Actus reus:

  • conduct; acts and omissions
  • voluntariness
  • involuntariness
  • causation
  • consequences.

Additional fault elements:

  • mens rea; intention and subjective recklessness
  • negligence
  • transferred malice.

No fault:

  • strict liability.

Coincidence of actus reus and mens rea.

Non-fatal offences against the person

Common assault:

  • assault
  • battery.

Offences Against the Person Act 1861:

  • s47 assault/battery occasioning actual bodily harm
  • s20 unlawful and malicious wounding or inflicting grievous bodily harm
  • s18 unlawful and malicious wounding or causing grievous bodily harm with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.




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