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Street on Torts

Street on Torts (16th edn)

Christian Witting
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date: 27 May 2024

p. 25910. Trespass to the person and related tortslocked

p. 25910. Trespass to the person and related tortslocked

  • Christian WittingChristian WittingProfessor of Law, National University of Singapore, Barrister and Solicitor, High Court of Australia and Supreme Court of Victoria


This chapter examines the protection afforded by tort law against trespass to the person and infringements of personal interests. It discusses the elements of the torts of battery, assault, and false imprisonment, which all derive from medieval tort law and are characterised by the need for direct interference (but there is no need to prove damage because the torts are actionable per se). Compensation in these cases is for damage suffered and/or the interference with what are considered to be important dignitary interests. The chapter considers also the newer tort of intentional infliction of physical harm and the provisions of the Protection from Harassment Act of 1997.

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