A Modern View of The Criminal Law

A Modern View of The Criminal Law

Pergamon Modern Legal Outlines

1st Edition - January 1, 1969

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  • Author: S. W. Stewart
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483136691

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A Modern View of the Criminal Law explains the nature of criminal law and classifies the leading crimes in English law. This book describes the application of the criminal law both in private life and as it may affect the public or public authority. Organized into four parts encompassing 23 chapters, this book begins with an overview of the fundamental principles and purposes of the criminal law. This text then examines the deterrent theory, which is regarded by some legal thinkers to be the most important function of criminal justice. Other chapters consider the common breakdown of crime into indictable and summary offenses, which broadly makes a distinction between minor and serious violations of the law. This book discusses as well the classification of the law of crime as a whole. The final chapter deals with the reforms in various areas of criminal law. This book is a valuable resource for lawyers.

Table of Contents

  • Editorial Foreword


    Table of Statutes

    Table of Cases

    Part I: General Principles

    Chapter 1. The Courts

    Reform in Magistrates' Courts

    Quarter Sessions and Assize Courts

    Appeal Courts

    Chapter 2. What is Criminal Law?

    Definition of Criminal Law

    Crime and Moral Blame

    Public Welfare offenses

    Origins of Criminal offenses

    Chapter 3. The Aims of the Criminal Law

    The Meaning of Punishment

    Compensation for Victims

    Chapter 4. Classification of Criminal offenses

    Indictable and Summary offenses

    Treasons, Felonies and Misdemeanors

    Criminal Law Act, 1967—Arrestable offenses

    Chapter 5. Analysis of a Crime

    Actus reus and mens rea

    Malice, Wilfulness and Negligence

    Proof of mens rea

    Chapter 6. Constructive Malice to D.P.P. v. Smith

    Report on Imputed Criminal Intent

    Criminal Justice Act, 1967

    Chapter 7. Strict and Vicarious Liability

    Interpretation of the Word "Knowingly"

    Vane v. Yiannopoullos

    Chapter 8. Liability According to Status


    Married Women



    Trade Unions

    Chapter 9. Degrees of Participation in Criminal offenses

    The Former Degrees of Principal and Accessory

    Criminal Law Act, 1967

    Inchoate Crimes



    Chapter 10. Special Defenses to Criminal Liability

    Insanity—On Arraignment, at Time of Act

    Criminal Responsibility Bill


    Chapter 11. Special Defenses to Criminal Liability

    Diminished Responsibility



    Chapter 12. The Effect of Capital Punishment on the Criminal Law

    On Larceny

    On Homicide

    Part II: Provisions Protecting Individual Interests

    Chapter 13. Homicide I


    Report on Imputed Criminal Intent



    Chapter 14. Homicide II


    Child Destruction

    Abortion—Abortion Act, 1967


    Chapter 15. Assaults


    Sexual Offenses

    Chapter 16. Stealing


    By Trick

    By Mistake

    By Finding

    Things Capable of being Stolen

    Theft Bill

    Chapter 17. Aggravated Stealing

    From the Person


    From Dwelling House

    Of Postal Packets

    By Clerk or Servant


    Fraudulent Conversion

    Theft Bill

    Chapter 18. Frauds

    False Pretenses

    Obtaining Credit by Fraud

    Criminal Deception

    Chapter 19. Breaking offenses

    Burglary and Housebreaking


    Reform of Breaking offenses

    Chapter 20. Receiving

    Handling Stolen Property

    Part III: Provisions Protecting Community Interests

    Chapter 21. Common Law Provisions



    Chapter 22. Legislation

    Road Traffic

    Industrial offenses

    Controls on Prices and Incomes

    Road Safety Act, 1967—The Drinking Driver, Heavy Goods Vehicles

    Criminal Justice Act, 1967—Prohibition on the Publication of Committal Proceedings

    Part IV: Conclusion

    Chapter 23. Conclusion

    Reforms Reconsidered

    Appendix Theft Act, 1968


Product details

  • No. of pages: 286
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Pergamon 1969
  • Published: January 1, 1969
  • Imprint: Pergamon
  • eBook ISBN: 9781483136691

About the Author

S. W. Stewart

About the Editor

W. A. J. Farndale

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