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accusatorial procedure

accusatorial procedure  

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A system of criminal justice in which conclusions as to liability are reached by the process of prosecution and defence. It is the primary duty of the prosecutor and defence to press their respective ...
barratry

barratry  

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Any act committed wilfully by the master or crew of a ship to the detriment of its owner or charterer. Examples include scuttling the ship and embezzling the cargo. Illegal activities (e.g. carrying ...
carrier

carrier  

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N.One who transports persons or goods from one place to another. Carriage is normally under a contract that may affect or limit the duties otherwise imposed by law, but such contracts may be subject ...
caveat emptor

caveat emptor  

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The principle that the buyer alone is responsible for checking the quality and suitability of goods before a purchase is made; the phrase is Latin and means, ‘let the buyer beware.’
chastisement

chastisement  

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N.Physical punishment as a form of discipline. A parent or guardian has traditionally held the common-law right to inflict reasonable and moderate punishment on his children; however, an amendment to ...
cohabitation

cohabitation  

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Living together under one roof in a marital, de facto marital, or marriage-like relationship in the absence of a formal marriage, whether the partners are heterosexual or homosexual. See also ...
escape

escape  

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N.The common-law offence of escaping from lawful custody. The custody may be in prison or a police station, or even in the open air. The escaper need not have been charged with any offence, provided ...
exclusion and restriction of negligence liability

exclusion and restriction of negligence liability  

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The Unfair Contract Terms Act 1977 provides that a person cannot exclude or restrict his business liability for death or injury resulting from negligence. Nor can he exclude or restrict his liability ...
extortion

extortion  

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N.A common-law offence committed by a public officer who uses his position to take money or any other benefit that is not due to him. If he obtains the benefit by means of menaces, this may also ...
family

family  

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Family bible a bible designed to be used at family prayers, typically one with space on its flyleaves for recording important family events.the family that prays together, stays together motto ...
forcible entry

forcible entry  

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A common-law offence (as amended by various statutes) that applied under certain circumstances when force was used to gain entry to premises. The common-law offence has been replaced by a statutory ...
general defences

general defences  

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Common-law defences to any common-law or statutory crimes. A defendant should be acquitted when the magistrates or jury have a reasonable doubt as to whether he was entitled to a general defence. By ...
indictable offence

indictable offence  

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An offence that may be tried on indictment. Most serious common-law offences are indictable (e.g. murder, rape) and many are created by statute. When a statute creates an offence without specifying ...
interfering with witnesses

interfering with witnesses  

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Attempting to prevent a witness from giving evidence or to influence the evidence he gives. Making improper threats against witnesses may amount to the common-law offence of perverting the course of ...
kidnapping

kidnapping  

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N.Carrying a person away, without his consent, by means of force, threats, or fraud. Kidnapping is a common-law offence that overlaps to some extent with the offences of child abduction and false ...
misprision

misprision  

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N.Failure to report an offence. The former crime of misprision of felony has now been replaced by the crime of compounding an offence. However, the common-law offence of misprision of treason still ...
mistake

mistake  

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In law, a misunderstanding or erroneous belief about a matter of fact (mistake of fact) or a matter of law (mistake of law). In civil cases, mistake is particularly important in the law of contract. ...
perverting the course of justice

perverting the course of justice  

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Carrying out an act that tends or is intended to obstruct or defeat the administration of public justice. Common examples are inventing false evidence to mislead a court (in either civil or criminal ...
presumption of death

presumption of death  

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A common-law presumption that someone has died. The presumption will be made if a spouse has been missing for at least seven years (with nothing to indicate that he or she is still alive) or by proof ...
privity of contract

privity of contract  

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The relationship that exists between the parties to a contract. The common law doctrine of privity of contract established that only the parties to the contract, i.e. those that provided ...

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