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Cover Ashworth's Principles of Criminal Law

8. Homicide  

This chapter discusses homicide offences. It covers in detail murder, defences specific to murder (resulting in a verdict of so-called ‘voluntary’ manslaughter), and so-called ‘involuntary’ manslaughter. However, these traditional topics no longer cover the whole ground, as Parliament has created a number of new homicide offences in recent years. It concludes with a review of the structure of the law of homicide, considering the question whether it is satisfactory to retain the centuries-old current structure, with murder at the top, and then manslaughter of different kinds beneath that, together with a hotchpotch of specialized homicide offences with varying degrees of gravity. For example, would the law be improved by introducing a new category of ‘second degree’ murder?

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Cover Essential Cases: Criminal Law

R v Howe [1987] AC 417, 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 Howe [1987] AC 417, House of Lords. The document also included supporting commentary from author Jonathan Herring.

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R v Howe [1987] AC 417, 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 Howe [1987] AC 417, 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 (Conway) v Secretary of State for Justice [2017] EWCA Civ 275, 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 (Conway) v Secretary of State for Justice [2017] EWCA Civ 275, Court of Appeal. The document also included supporting commentary from author Jonathan Herring.

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R (Nicklinson) v Ministry of Justice [2014] UKSC 38, Supreme Court  

Essential Cases: Criminal Law provides a bridge between course textbooks and key case judgments. This case document summarizes the facts and decision in R (Nicklinson) v Ministry of Justice [2014] UKSC 38, Supreme Court. The document also included supporting commentary from author Jonathan Herring.

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R v MD [2004] EWCA Crim 1391, 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 MD [2004] EWCA Crim 1391, Court of Appeal. 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 (Conway) v Secretary of State for Justice [2017] EWCA Civ 275, 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 (Conway) v Secretary of State for Justice [2017] EWCA Civ 275, Court of Appeal. The document also included supporting commentary from author Jonathan Herring.

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R (Nicklinson) v Ministry of Justice [2014] UKSC 38, Supreme Court  

Essential Cases: Criminal Law provides a bridge between course textbooks and key case judgments. This case document summarizes the facts and decision in R (Nicklinson) v Ministry of Justice [2014] UKSC 38, Supreme Court. The document also included supporting commentary from author Jonathan Herring.

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R v MD [2004] EWCA Crim 1391, 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 MD [2004] EWCA Crim 1391, Court of Appeal. The document also included supporting commentary from author Jonathan Herring.

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Cover Smith, Hogan, and Ormerod's Criminal Law

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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Cover Concentrate Q&A Criminal Law
The Concentrate Questions and Answers series offers the best preparation for tackling exam questions. Each book includes typical questions, diagram answer plans, suggested answers, author commentary, and advice on study skills. This includes pitfalls to avoid in the caution sections; and tips for gaining extra marks in questions. Further reading is provided at the end of chapters. Concentrate Questions & Answers Criminal Law offers advice on what to expect in exams and how best to prepare. The book begins by looking at exam and study techniques and then moves on to consider the elements of a crime (including actus reus and mens rea), murder and manslaughter, non-fatal offences, and sexual offences. It then looks at a range of property offences, before exploring the defences in depth. The book concludes with a consideration of secondary participation and inchoate offences, a chapter on mixed questions, and a chapter on how to tackle coursework assessments.

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Cover Smith, Hogan, & Ormerod's Text, Cases, & Materials on Criminal Law

7. Murder  

This chapter examines the law on murder. It considers when does life begin and end for the purposes of the law of murder; should an intention to cause really serious harm suffice as the mens rea for murder; and how might this area of the law be reformed so as to reflect generally recognized principles of the criminal law?

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R v Cristea [2021] EWCA Crim 1597, 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 Cristea [2021] EWCA Crim 1597, Court of Appeal. The document also included supporting commentary from author Jonathan Herring.

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R v Taj [2018] EWCA Crim 1743, 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 Taj [2018] EWCA Crim 1743, Court of Appeal. The document also included supporting commentary from author Jonathan Herring.

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R v Cristea [2021] EWCA Crim 1597, 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 Cristea [2021] EWCA Crim 1597, Court of Appeal. The document also included supporting commentary from author Jonathan Herring.

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R v Taj [2018] EWCA Crim 1743, 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 Taj [2018] EWCA Crim 1743, Court of Appeal. The document also included supporting commentary from author Jonathan Herring.