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Question: Discuss how successful the courts have been in defining intention.

Answer: The Mens Rea of a crime refers to the mental element or the state of mind the defendant possesses in order to...


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  • Subject: Law
  • Course: Criminal Law
  • Level: Degree
  • Year: 1st
  • Mark: Not available
  • Words: 1331
  • Date submitted: February 03, 2009
  • Date written: Not available
  • References: No
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 562

Question: Critically evaluate the law relating to the possession of drugs.

Answer: The possession of drugs relating to the law can be seen to be governed by the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971. Here...


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  • Subject: Law
  • Course: Criminal Law
  • Level: Degree
  • Year: 1st
  • Mark: Not available
  • Words: 1952
  • Date submitted: February 03, 2009
  • Date written: Not available
  • References: No
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 561

Question: Questions about causation are simple factual ones. Therefore, juries require no direction in answering them. Discuss.

Answer: Causation is an element of ‘Result Crimes’, in which the conduct itself does not constitute a crime, for example, shooting a gun,...


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  • Subject: Law
  • Course: Criminal Law
  • Level: Degree
  • Year: 1st
  • Mark: Not available
  • Words: 1052
  • Date submitted: February 03, 2009
  • Date written: Not available
  • References: No
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 560

Question: Assess the approaches to the definition of intention in English criminal law.

Answer: The mens rea of an offence is the mental state that a person goes through before or during an offence. There are...


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  • Subject: Law
  • Course: Criminal Law
  • Level: Degree
  • Year: 1st
  • Mark: Not available
  • Words: 826
  • Date submitted: February 03, 2009
  • Date written: Not available
  • References: No
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 558

Question: Motive is synonymous with intention. Discuss.

Answer: One of the aims of criminal law is to punish ‘morally responsible’ wrongdoers. To do so, the state of mind (mens rea)...


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  • Subject: Law
  • Course: Criminal Law
  • Level: Degree
  • Year: 2nd/3rd
  • Mark: Not available
  • Words: 2239
  • Date submitted: February 03, 2009
  • Date written: October, 2002
  • References: Yes
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 557

Question: ‘Criminal law on causation is a mess. The decisions in this area show that courts are really implementing policy decisions about who should be held responsible for crimes.’ Discuss.

Answer: Criminal law on causation has different approaches these include the Policy approach and the Mens Rea Approach. Which approach is implemented in...


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  • Subject: Law
  • Course: Criminal Law
  • Level: Degree
  • Year: 1st
  • Mark: Not available
  • Words: 1865
  • Date submitted: February 03, 2009
  • Date written: Not available
  • References: No
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 556

Question: Discuss the criminal liability, including possible strict liability, if any, of ‘Jet Skis Are Us LTD’ and Sharp for permitting the use of the jet ski without a licence, Hugh for using the jet ski and of Jones for aiding and abetting Sharp.

Answer: Strict liability offences are offences for which a person may be convicted without proof of intention, recklessness or negligence. In ‘Sweet v...


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  • Subject: Law
  • Course: Criminal Law
  • Level: Degree
  • Year: 1st
  • Mark: Not available
  • Words: 871
  • Date submitted: February 03, 2009
  • Date written: Not available
  • References: No
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 551

Question: CRIMINAL LAW CASE STUDY

Sara was teaching her husband, Tom to drive but he was a slow learner frequently subjected to excessive criticism by Sara and there were numerous arguments between them. During the course of a lesson, Sara suggested to Tom that he was not using the clutch properly. Tom made no reply but, a few minutes later, suddenly steered the car off the road into a ditch....Analyse the facts above to show whether and how Tom may be guilty of Sara’s murder.
How might he seek to reduce his liability for her death?

(b) (i) Explain the elements of the different forms of “involuntary” manslaughter
(ii) Consider whether Tom is guilty of the manslaughter of Walter, examining any arguments which may be raised in Tom’s favour.

Answer: (a) Define Murder To establish Tom’s liability for the murder of Sara, The Prosecution has to firstly prove that Tom caused the...


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  • Subject: Law
  • Course: Criminal Law
  • Level: Degree
  • Year: 1st
  • Mark: Not available
  • Words: 1559
  • Date submitted: February 03, 2009
  • Date written: Not available
  • References: No
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 548

Question: CRIMINAL LAW CASE STUDY
Ann’s husband and children were killed in a fire two years ago. Since that time, Ann had experienced severe bouts of anxiety and depression for which she was received medical treatment.....Subsequently, she drove the car for about a mile and stopped it by some waste-land on which a number of children including Howard were playing. In a complete daze, she walked away leaving the engine running. Howard got into the car and crashed it into a wall whilst attempting to drive it. He later died from his injuries.

(a) Discuss the liability of Ann for the murder of Barbara.
(b) Discuss the liability of Ann for the manslaughter of Howard

Answer: Murder has been defined as the unlawful killing of another human being with malice aforethought by any man of sound mind and...


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  • Subject: Law
  • Course: Criminal Law
  • Level: Degree
  • Year: 1st
  • Mark: Not available
  • Words: 1286
  • Date submitted: February 03, 2009
  • Date written: Not available
  • References: No
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 547

Question: ‘Attempts to impose criminal liability for manslaughter on companies are both futile and misguided’. Discuss.

Answer: ‘A company may be vicariously liable for the negligent acts or omissions of its servants and agents, but for a company to...


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  • Subject: Law
  • Course: Criminal Law
  • Level: Degree
  • Year: 1st
  • Mark: Not available
  • Words: 2767
  • Date submitted: February 02, 2009
  • Date written: Not available
  • References: No
  • Document type: Essay*
  • Essay ID: 538

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