Criminal Law / Edition 8

Criminal Law / Edition 8

by Nicola Padfield
     
 

ISBN-10: 0199644357

ISBN-13: 9780199644353

Pub. Date: 09/07/2012

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Now in its fifth edition, this popular text presents a clear and stimulating account of criminal law. Combining expert commentary with numerous case summaries, the author provides the student with an up-to-date analysis of the key topics covered on undergraduate criminal law courses, together with a concise exposition of recent academic commentary and current

Overview

Now in its fifth edition, this popular text presents a clear and stimulating account of criminal law. Combining expert commentary with numerous case summaries, the author provides the student with an up-to-date analysis of the key topics covered on undergraduate criminal law courses, together with a concise exposition of recent academic commentary and current proposals for law reform.

About the Author:
Nicola Padfield is a Senior Lecturer at the Law Faculty, University of Cambridge, and a Fellow of Fitzwilliam College, Cambridge

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780199644353
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
09/07/2012
Pages:
365
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.50(d)

Table of Contents


Preface to the fifth edition     v
Table of abbreviations     vii
Table of statutes     xv
Table of cases     xx
Introduction     1
Purposes of criminal law     3
The relationship between law and morals     4
Grading crimes     5
Criminal law in context: the criminal justice process     7
The rules of procedure and evidence     9
The role of the jury     9
Sentencing     10
Sources of criminal law     11
The Human Rights Act 1998     13
The European Union     15
Reform and codification     16
The Law Commission     17
Further Reading     19
Self-Test Questions     20
The conduct element of a crime     21
Actus reus and mens rea     21
Voluntary acts     22
Liability for omissions     24
Causation     28
State of affairs     35
Further Reading     36
Self-Test Questions     36
Criminal states of mind     38
Intention     39
Knowledge and belief     45
Recklessness     46
Negligence     51
Transferred malice     53
Vicarious liability     55
Strict liability     55
Further Reading     60
Self-Test Questions     60
Incapacitating conditions     62
Introduction     62
Childhood     63
Mental disorder     65
Unfitness to plead     65
Insanity     67
Automatism     72
Intoxication     73
Corporate liability     79
Further Reading     82
Self-Test Questions     83
General defences     84
Introduction     84
Justifications and excuses     86
Consent     87
Duress     94
Necessity     99
Duress of circumstances     102
Mistake     105
Self-defence and the prevention of crime     108
Lawful chastisement     111
Further Reading     113
Self-Test Questions     113
Accomplices     114
Introduction     114
Principals and accessories     115
Joint enterprise/common purpose     122
Concealing offences     131
Further Reading     131
Self-Test Questions     132
Inchoate offences     133
Introduction     133
Attempt     135
Conspiracy     141
Incitement     147
Further Reading     152
Self-Test Questions     152
Homicide     153
Murder     154
Voluntary manslaughter     157
Diminished responsibility     157
Provocation     162
Suicide pacts     172
Involuntary manslaughter     173
Constructive manslaughter     174
Reckless/gross negligence manslaughter     176
Causing or allowing the death of a child or vulnerable adult     181
Causing death by dangerous driving     182
Offences against the foetus     183
Infanticide     185
Mercy killings/euthanasia     186
Homicide reform: the way forward?     187
Further Reading     188
Self-Test Questions     189
Crimes of non-fatal violence     190
Introduction     190
Grievous bodily harm with intent (intentional serious violence)     191
Inflicting grievous bodily harm or wounding (reckless serious violence)     193
Assault occasioning actual bodily harm (causing some injury)     197
Common assault and battery     199
Threats     202
Protection from harassment     202
Administering poison     204
Treason and terrorism     205
Torture     206
The Law Commission's proposals     207
Racially aggravated offences     208
Further Reading     209
Self-Test Questions     209
Sexual offences     211
Introduction     211
Rape     214
Assault by penetration     219
Sexual assault     220
Causing sexual activity without consent     222
Child sex offences     223
Incest (familial sexual offences)     223
Offences against persons with a mental disorder     225
Preparatory offences     226
Offences connected with prostitution     226
Bigamy     227
Further Reading     228
Self-Test Questions     229
Theft and offences of deception      230
Introduction     230
Theft     231
Robbery     243
Burglary     244
Aggravated burglary     246
Abstracting electricity     247
Blackmail     247
Deception offences     248
The Fraud Bill 2005     258
Making off without payment     260
Handling stolen goods     261
Further Reading     264
Self-Test Questions     264
Criminal damage and public order offences     266
Introduction     266
Criminal damage and arson     269
Public order offences     272
Riot     272
Violent disorder     273
Affray     274
Fear or provocation of violence     276
Intentionally causing harassment, alarm, or distress     277
Harassment, alarm, or distress     277
Other offences of public order     279
Further Reading     280
Self-Test Questions     280
Crimes against the environment     282
Introduction     282
Examples of environmental offences     286
Conclusion      291
Further Reading     292
Self-Test Questions     292
Index     293

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