In this lecture the partial defence to murder of loss of control in s54 of the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 is considered in detail. Issues include – why the law was changed; the Law Commission’s critique of the old law and the Government’s response; the evidential burden and the burden of proof; the elements of the defence – loss of self-control, the qualifying triggers, limitations on the qualifying triggers including sexual infidelity, the evaluative test; mistaken belief in the existence of qualifying triggers.
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Duration: 47 minutes (approx).
Lecturer – Norman Baird:
Experienced full time Senior Lecturer and examiner of Criminal Law on LLB and GDL / CPE courses and Legal System and Jurisprudence on LLB courses and course director of an academic support programme for distance learning students on the University of London International Programmes LLB – an intercollegiate programme whose academic direction is provided by a consortium comprising KCL, LSE, UCL, Queen Mary, SOAS and Birkbeck.
As consultant to the University of London IP he advised on the development of the online resources, produced courses of recorded lecture presentations in the core LLB subjects and designed online research exercises available on the University of London’s virtual learning environment (VLE).
In addition he organises the QED Law Revision Seminars for LLB and GDL students which take place annually at University College London.
Author of Q&A Criminal Law published by Routledge (2015) – now in its 10th edition.