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date: 22 January 2020

reasonable person

A Dictionary of Law Enforcement

Graham Gooch,

Michael Williams

reasonable person 

An ordinary citizen, famously referred to by Lord Devlin as the ‘man on the Clapham omnibus’. The standard of care in actions for negligence is based on what a reasonable person might be expected to do considering the circumstances and the foreseeable consequences. The standard is not entirely uniform: a lower standard is expected of a child, but a higher standard is expected of someone, such as a doctor, who purports to possess a special skill.