Attempt


In this audio presentation liability for attempt contrary to s1(1) of the Criminal Attempts Act 1981 is examined.

The following issues are considered: definition of attempt; the actus reus – acts ‘more than merely preparatory’ – the role of judge and jury – differing approaches – complete and incomplete attempts – principles and policies – omissions; the mens rea – ‘with intent to commit an offence’ – act, circumstances and consequences – conditional intent; attempting the impossible; offences which cannot be attempted.

Duration: 38 minutes

Lecturer: Norman Baird


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