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WHAT IS COINCIDENCE OF ACTUS For a person's liability to be established it must
REUS AND MENS REA? be shown that the defendant possessed
necessary mens rea at the time the actus reus
was committed so basically the two must
COINCIDE.


There is a continuing act for the actus reus…

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CASE EXAMPLE: SWEET V PARSELY Defendant was a
landlady who did not live on the premises and only visited
occasionally. Her lodgers smoked cannabis and she was
charged with being concerned in the management of the
premises which were used for the purpose of smoking
cannabis. It was not proved…

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Cases come before a court because of a
WHY DO WE NEED dispute over the meaning of a law ­ the parties
STATUTORY ask the court to interpret and rule
The meaning of the law may be unclear
INTEPRETATION TO because of:
INDENTIFY Broad term Ambiguity Drafting error New
developments…

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As technology develops, an old Act may no
longer cover a modern day situation.
Consider the Abolition of the `Year and a Day
rule' Act ­ technology means that the medical
profession can sustain life much longer now
and people are more likely to survive longer
than a year and…

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