Describe and illustrate the tort of assault

An assault is a tort as well as a crime. An assault may be defined as intentionally and directly causing the victim to fear an apparent and imminent battery.

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This essay provides a wide ranging description of the tort of assault covering a number of matters and starting with a definition.

The essay then considers a variety of aspects which have received the consideration of the courts including: certain key elements; contact; an act intended to cause apprehension; words and gestures; 'silence' and the issue of immediacy.

A number of relevant cases are referred to in context and these include: R v Meade and Belt (1832); Constanza (1997); Read v Coker (1853); R v Burstow and R v Ireland (1997); Turberville v Savage (1669); Smith v CC of Woking (1983) and Southwark LBC v Williams (1971).

The work also includes consideration of the defences of necessity, consent and self defence.

The essay would lend itself to addition and development to suit your needs.



(Word count 1032)