By Marise Cremona
Significantly multiplied and up to date, the 3rd version of this textbook offers a readable and finished advent to felony legislation for undergraduate scholars. during the media insurance of high-profile trials all of us believe that we all know anything approximately legal legislations, and this version makes use of such circumstances to create a true curiosity and involvement at the a part of the coed. New positive aspects to this version are "key phrases" sections and "hot issues" which discover the felony concerns at the back of a few high-profile and debatable instances. a brand new bankruptcy examines intimately the influence of the Human Rights Act, and new sections talk about racially encouraged crime and the security from Harassment Act.
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This is because no one could legitimately claim that being cruel to their pet was an important part of their cultural life; while some claim that fox hunting is an established cultural institution. 6 Even if there is a prima facie case that fox hunting causes harm to the animal or to society’s values, is the harm a strong enough one to justify the intervention of the criminal law? Ashworth has advocated the principle of minimalism in the criminal law: that the criminal law should be restricted to offences where there are serious harms.
A second objection to the choice theory is that in making a moral judgement on the defendant’s actions, choice is arguably only one criteria to consider; the defendant’s attitudes and motives might also be thought to be relevant. These are excluded by this theory which focuses only on choice alone. 2. The character theory This approach suggests that if the defendant’s actions indicate a character trait that is unacceptable according to the standards expected by the criminal law, then the defendant deserves punishment.
An important recent Government White Paper, Criminal Justice: The Way Ahead, emphasizes the importance of streamlining the criminal justice system and cutting costs. The definition of criminal offences should aim to be as clear and readily comprehensible as possible to ensure the swift, but fair, conviction of those deserving of punishment. The more complex the legal definition of a crime, the longer the trial is likely to take and the higher the costs. Further, if criminal procedure become too complex and so ineffective it might well be that private vengeance would start to take its place.