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Criminal Law

Criminal Law (10th edn)

Nicola Padfield
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date: 28 November 2023

p. 1085. General defenceslocked

p. 1085. General defenceslocked

  • Nicola PadfieldNicola PadfieldBencher of the Middle Temple; Reader in Criminal and Penal Justice at the Law Faculty, Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge


Titles in the Core Text series take the reader straight to the heart of the subject, providing focused, concise, and reliable guides for students at all levels. This chapter introduces the nature of a ‘defence’, and the key issues in relation to various ‘defences’. The nature of defences is hard to generalize. Excuses and justifications are useful classifications. The absence of consent is an important component of many offences. The Law Commission had suggested that consent should not be a defence for those who deliberately or recklessly induce serious disabling injury.

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