Failure of proof ‘defences’


This lecture presentation explains how to apply the failure of proof defences to problems raising questions of liability for the non fatal offences.

With the aid of diagrams it demonstrates a clear methodology to answering questions on this topic: what to look for in questions, how to identify the appropriate ‘defence’, how to structure answers, and how to apply the law.

The failure of proof defences considered: denials of mens rea: automatism, mistake, self induced by intoxication (voluntary and involuntary); self induced by other causes; insanity.


Lecturer: Norman Baird

Duration: 32 minutes (approximately).


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