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(p. 291) 13. Intentional interferences with the person 

(p. 291) 13. Intentional interferences with the person
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(p. 291) 13. Intentional interferences with the person
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Kirsty Horsey

and Erika Rackley

DOI:
10.1093/he/9780199678822.003.0013
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date: 20 November 2017

This chapter considers intentional interferences with the person, including the so-called trespass to the person torts, the rule in Wilkinson v Downton and the Protection from Harassment Act 1997. Trespass is an ancient set of wrongs which mainly deals with the direct, and usually intentional, invasion of a claimant’s interest in either his person, his land or his goods. It is the right itself which is protected, and not just the freedom from resulting damage, and much of the law of trespass is the basis of civil liberties today. This chapter considers the torts of assault, battery and false imprisonment, together with various defences. The principal use today of these torts relates not so much to the recovery of compensation but rather to the establishment of a right, or a recognition that the defendant acted unlawfully. The chapter then considers the rule in Wilkinson v Downton which provides a remedy in cases of indirect intentional infliction of distress and the statutory tort of protection from harassment.

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