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A class act, an omission or a non-event? Criminal responsibility under section 31 of the Criminal Code (NT)

Gray, Stephen J. (2002). A class act, an omission or a non-event? Criminal responsibility under section 31 of the Criminal Code (NT). Criminal Law Journal,26(3):175-188.

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Title A class act, an omission or a non-event? Criminal responsibility under section 31 of the Criminal Code (NT)
Author Gray, Stephen J.
Journal Name Criminal Law Journal
Publication Date 2002
Volume Number 26
Issue Number 3
ISSN 0314-1160   (check CDU catalogue open catalogue search in new window)
Start Page 175
End Page 188
Total Pages 14
Place of Publication Sydney, Australia
Publisher Thomson Lawbook Company
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract This article considers the judicial interpretation of the requirement that an "act, omission or event" must be "intended or foreseen" under s 31(1) of the Criminal Code (NT). It argues that, in order to do justice in individual cases, the courts have been driven to interpretations of the provision that are both unnecessarily complex and inconsistent with the interpretation of similar provisions in other jurisdictions. It suggests, therefore, that this provision should be redrafted in order to clarify the mental state necessary for an accused to be criminally responsible for an act, omission or event.
 
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