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Criminal LawText, Cases, and Materials

Criminal Law: Text, Cases, and Materials (9th edn)

Jonathan Herring
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date: 04 October 2022

p. 662. Actus Reus: The Conduct Elementlocked

p. 662. Actus Reus: The Conduct Elementlocked

  • Jonathan HerringJonathan HerringProfessor of Law, Exeter College, Oxford

Abstract

The actus reus is a central aspect of criminal law that defines the harm done to the victim and the wrong performed by the defendant. In many cases this involves proof that the defendant caused a particular result. This chapter begins by distinguishing the component elements of a crime. It then discusses the voluntary act ‘requirement’; causation; classification of offences; the need for a voluntary act; omissions; and seeking a coherent approach to causation.

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