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Question: BA Hons Law 2nd Year
Course Unit - Criminal Law

With reference to the rationale of the defence and its parameters consider critically the courts’ unwillingness to accept duress as a defence to murder.

Answer: It has long been a principle of English law that duress cannot...


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  • Subject: Law
  • Course: Criminal Law
  • Level: Degree
  • Year: 2nd/3rd
  • Mark: 75%
  • Words: 1878
  • Date submitted: December 07, 2009
  • Date written: October, 2009
  • References: No
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 2473

Question: “In spite of the many policy failures we have recounted, we remain convinced that diversion and decarceration are desirable and achievable goals”.

Critically evaluate the effectiveness of community forms of punishment in the context of these stated goals.

Answer: The simple truth is that prisons do not work, either as effective...


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  • Subject: Law
  • Course: Criminal Law
  • Level: Degree
  • Year: 2nd/3rd
  • Mark: 73%
  • Words: 3285
  • Date submitted: January 28, 2009
  • Date written: October, 2002
  • References: Yes
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 418

Question: Does English law recognise a general defence of necessity?

Answer: The general defence of necessity, in English law, recognises that there may...


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  • Subject: Law
  • Course: Criminal Law
  • Level: Degree
  • Year: 2nd/3rd
  • Mark: 72%
  • Words: 2441
  • Date submitted: January 08, 2010
  • Date written: March, 2009
  • References: No
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 2472

Question: Critically evaluate the modern approaches to the definition of ‘intention’ in English criminal law.

Answer: In general terms ‘intention’ in English criminal law refers to foresight of...


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  • Subject: Law
  • Course: Criminal Law
  • Level: Degree
  • Year: 1st
  • Mark: 72%
  • Words: 2152
  • Date submitted: January 06, 2010
  • Date written: November, 2009
  • References: No
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 2468

Question: Critically assess the way in which the Judges have differentiated between the concepts of intention and motive in Criminal Law.

Answer: The maxim, ‘Actus non facit reum nisi mens sit rea’ is sometimes...


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  • Subject: Law
  • Course: Criminal Law
  • Level: Degree
  • Year: 2nd/3rd
  • Mark: 71%
  • Words: 2030
  • Date submitted: April 05, 2011
  • Date written: February, 2008
  • References: No
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 3665

Question: In what circumstances will a mistake relieve a defendant of criminal liability?

Answer: In certain circumstances a mistake may operate as valid defense against criminal...


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  • Subject: Law
  • Course: Criminal Law
  • Level: Degree
  • Year: 2nd/3rd
  • Mark: 71%
  • Words: 2518
  • Date submitted: January 08, 2010
  • Date written: April, 2009
  • References: No
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 2474

Question: Evaluate the relative merits of subjective and objective approaches to determining recklessness.

Answer: Recklessness is the taking of an unjustified risk. A person may be...


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  • Subject: Law
  • Course: Criminal Law
  • Level: Degree
  • Year: 2nd/3rd
  • Mark: 70%
  • Words: 1879
  • Date submitted: September 27, 2010
  • Date written: April, 2009
  • References: Yes
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 3349

Question: Case study requiring analysis of the defences of provocation and diminished responsibility, accessorial liability and incitement. (Offences against the person – Murder - LLB Law Criminal Law 2nd Year)

Answer: To ‘aid’ refers to the provision of help or assistance to the...


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  • Subject: Law
  • Course: Criminal Law
  • Level: Degree
  • Year: 2nd/3rd
  • Mark: 70%
  • Words: 1314
  • Date submitted: February 08, 2010
  • Date written: Not available
  • References: No
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 3347

Question: How should the jury be directed in respect of the ‘objective’ element of the defence of provocation?

Answer: The defence of provocation is a special defence to murder contained in...


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  • Subject: Law
  • Course: Criminal Law
  • Level: Degree
  • Year: 2nd/3rd
  • Mark: 70%
  • Words: 2819
  • Date submitted: November 24, 2009
  • Date written: January, 2009
  • References: No
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 2471

Question: [For a practice to be subject to the criminal sanction] it is not enough in our
submission that [it] is . . . regarded as immoral. Nor is it enough that it
should cause harm. Both of these are minimal conditions for action by means of the criminal law but the are not sufficient.

Clarkson, CMV and Keating, HM, Criminal Law: Text and Materials,
London: Sweet & Maxwell, 1990, p 25.

Assess the validity of this assertion.

Answer: The above assertion suggests that, the belief that a practice is immoral...


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  • Subject: Law
  • Course: Criminal Law
  • Level: Degree
  • Year: 1st
  • Mark: 70%
  • Words: 1914
  • Date submitted: October 31, 2009
  • Date written: January, 2009
  • References: No
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 2467

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