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STRICT LIABILITY

An offence of strict liability is one requiring no proof of mens rea in relation to one or more
elements of the actus reus. i.e. D can be convicted without proof of fault
This is an exception to the general rule that criminal liability requires proof of both…

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Where the statute is silent the courts must `read in' word appropriate to require MR
(Parsley)
2) Presumption particularly strong in relation to `true' crimes:
Here it is important to distinguish true crimes from regulatory/quasi crimes
Quasi crimes are subject to less social stigma and are more likely to be…

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5) Presumption may only be displaced to encourage vigilance and compliance:
Even where the statute is related to an issue of social concern the presumption of MR will
still only be displaced if the court is satisfied that imposing strict liability will encourage
public vigilance and compliance
This would be…

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