Briefly outline the law relating to assault

The law relating to non-fatal offences against the person is to be found in the Offences against the Person Act 1861.

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This essay is about the law relating to assault (common assault).  It mentions the Offences Against the Person Act 1861 and it sets out a definition.

The essay breaks down the offence into the two elements i.e. the actus reus and the mens rea; it mentions a number of cases including Ireland 1998, Constanza 1997, G and Another, Smith v Chief Superintendent of Police of Woking Police Station (1983), and DPP v Taylor and DPP v Little 1992.

The matter of common law, statutory offences and Section 39 of the Criminal Justice Act 1888 and indictable offences and Section 47 of the OAP Act 1861 is also mentioned. Also covered in the essay is the court's approach to the word 'immediate' threat; as well a number of examples of what might amount to an assault.





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