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R v Woollin [1999] 1 AC 82, House of Lords  

Essential Cases: Criminal Law provides a bridge between course textbooks and key case judgments. This case document summarizes the facts and decision in R v Woollin [1999] 1 AC 82, House of Lords. The document also included supporting commentary from author Jonathan Herring.

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R v Woollin [1999] 1 AC 82, House of Lords  

Essential Cases: Criminal Law provides a bridge between course textbooks and key case judgments. This case document summarizes the facts and decision in R v Woollin [1999] 1 AC 82, House of Lords. The document also included supporting commentary from author Jonathan Herring.

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Attorney-General’s Reference (No. 3 of 1994) [1998] AC 245, House of Lords  

Essential Cases: Criminal Law provides a bridge between course textbooks and key case judgments. This case document summarizes the facts and decision in Attorney-General’s Reference (No. 3 of 1994) [1998] AC 245, House of Lords. The document also included supporting commentary from author Jonathan Herring.

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R v Miller [1983] 2 AC 161, House of Lords  

Essential Cases: Criminal Law provides a bridge between course textbooks and key case judgments. This case document summarizes the facts and decision in R v Miller [1983] 2 AC 161, House of Lords. The document also included supporting commentary from author Jonathan Herring.

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R v Thabo Meli [1954] 1 WLR 228, Privy Council  

Essential Cases: Criminal Law provides a bridge between course textbooks and key case judgments. This case document summarizes the facts and decision in R v Thabo Meli [1954] 1 WLR 228, Privy Council. The document also included supporting commentary from author Jonathan Herring.

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R v Wallace [2019] EWCA Crim 690, Court of Appeal  

Essential Cases: Criminal Law provides a bridge between course textbooks and key case judgments. This case document summarizes the facts and decision in R v Wallace [2019] EWCA Crim 690, Court of Appeal. The document also included supporting commentary from author Jonathan Herring.

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R v Fagan [1969] 1 QB 439, Court of Appeal  

Essential Cases: Criminal Law provides a bridge between course textbooks and key case judgments. This case document summarizes the facts and decision in R v Fagan [1969] 1 QB 439, Court of Appeal. The document also included supporting commentary from author Jonathan Herring.

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R v G and R [2003] UKHL 50, House of Lords  

Essential Cases: Criminal Law provides a bridge between course textbooks and key case judgments. This case document summarizes the facts and decision in R v G and R [2003] UKHL 50, House of Lords. The document also included supporting commentary from author Jonathan Herring.

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DPP v Majewski [1977] AC 443, House of Lords  

Essential Cases: Criminal Law provides a bridge between course textbooks and key case judgments. This case document summarizes the facts and decision in DPP v Majewski [1977] AC 443, House of Lords. The document also included supporting commentary from author Jonathan Herring.

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R v Pace and Rogers [2014] EWCA Crim 186, Court of Appeal  

Essential Cases: Criminal Law provides a bridge between course textbooks and key case judgments. This case document summarizes the facts and decision in R v Pace and Rogers [2014] EWCA Crim 186, Court of Appeal. The document also included supporting commentary from author Jonathan Herring.

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Attorney-General’s Reference (No. 3 of 1994) [1998] AC 245, House of Lords  

Essential Cases: Criminal Law provides a bridge between course textbooks and key case judgments. This case document summarizes the facts and decision in Attorney-General’s Reference (No. 3 of 1994) [1998] AC 245, House of Lords. The document also included supporting commentary from author Jonathan Herring.

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R v Miller [1983] 2 AC 161, House of Lords  

Essential Cases: Criminal Law provides a bridge between course textbooks and key case judgments. This case document summarizes the facts and decision in R v Miller [1983] 2 AC 161, House of Lords. The document also included supporting commentary from author Jonathan Herring.

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R v Thabo Meli [1954] 1 WLR 228, Privy Council  

Essential Cases: Criminal Law provides a bridge between course textbooks and key case judgments. This case document summarizes the facts and decision in R v Thabo Meli [1954] 1 WLR 228, Privy Council. The document also included supporting commentary from author Jonathan Herring.

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R v Wallace [2019] EWCA Crim 690, Court of Appeal  

Essential Cases: Criminal Law provides a bridge between course textbooks and key case judgments. This case document summarizes the facts and decision in R v Wallace [2019] EWCA Crim 690, Court of Appeal. The document also included supporting commentary from author Jonathan Herring.

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R v Fagan [1969] 1 QB 439, Court of Appeal  

Essential Cases: Criminal Law provides a bridge between course textbooks and key case judgments. This case document summarizes the facts and decision in R v Fagan [1969] 1 QB 439, Court of Appeal. The document also included supporting commentary from author Jonathan Herring.

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R v G and R [2003] UKHL 50, House of Lords  

Essential Cases: Criminal Law provides a bridge between course textbooks and key case judgments. This case document summarizes the facts and decision in R v G and R [2003] UKHL 50, House of Lords. The document also included supporting commentary from author Jonathan Herring.

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DPP v Majewski [1977] AC 443, House of Lords  

Essential Cases: Criminal Law provides a bridge between course textbooks and key case judgments. This case document summarizes the facts and decision in DPP v Majewski [1977] AC 443, House of Lords. The document also included supporting commentary from author Jonathan Herring.

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R v Pace and Rogers [2014] EWCA Crim 186, Court of Appeal  

Essential Cases: Criminal Law provides a bridge between course textbooks and key case judgments. This case document summarizes the facts and decision in R v Pace and Rogers [2014] EWCA Crim 186, Court of Appeal. The document also included supporting commentary from author Jonathan Herring.

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12. Murder  

David Ormerod and Karl Laird

Murder is generally regarded as the most serious crime (apart perhaps from treason) in England and Wales, yet it has not been defined by statute. Anyone of sound memory and of the age of discretion can commit murder, but a corporation or other organization cannot be tried for murder because it cannot be sentenced to life imprisonment, the only penalty allowed by law. This chapter discusses the offence of murder, who can commit murder, where it can be committed, who can be the victim and whether killing a foetus/child in the womb or in the process of leaving the womb is murder. It also examines whether a dead person is capable of being murdered, unlawful killing as an important element of murder, the mens rea of murder or ‘malice aforethought’, constructive malice, the sentence for murder and the Law Commission’s proposed reforms for the offence of murder.

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13. Voluntary manslaughter  

David Ormerod and Karl Laird

Manslaughter is defined by common law as any unlawful homicide that is not murder. The offence is limited by murder at one extreme and accidental killing at the other. Manslaughter can be either ‘voluntary’ or ‘involuntary’. This chapter deals with voluntary manslaughter: this occurs when someone had the intention to kill or do grievous bodily harm, but relies on a partial defence to murder. The two partial defences considered in this chapter are loss of self- control and diminished responsibility (suicide pact is dealt with in Ch 15). This chapter scrutinizes the defences available to the accused and in particular the developing case law under the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 on loss of control and diminished responsibility, including the Supreme Court’s decision in Golds and the series of Court of Appeal cases since that decision.