Criminal Law in Ireland: Cases and Commentary

Liz Campbell, Shane Kilcommins, Catherine O'Sullivan, Alan Cusack

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Criminal Law: Cases and Commentary, Second Edition is a thoroughly revised, updated and expanded edition of this now established criminal law text book staple. This Second Edition includes new chapters on the following topics: Road Traffic Offences, Drugs Offences, Regulatory Offences and Victims’ Rights. Recent legislative changes are considered including the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Act 2017 and the Criminal Justice (Victims of Crime) Act 2017, as well as significant Supreme Court cases in the areas of the presumption of innocence (Forsey), reasonable access to a lawyer (Doyle), joint enterprise (Dekker), the right to silence (Sweeney), the exclusionary rule (JC) provocation (MacNamara), duress (Gleeson) and mistake (Casey).

As with the first edition Criminal Law: Cases and Commentary, Second Edition is designed to help law students to understand the fundamental rules, principles and policy considerations that govern the criminal law in Ireland. It attempts to address a comprehensive range of issues including, the definition of a crime, its various classifications, the imposition of liability, the range of substantive criminal law offences, the procedural rules that shape the pre-trial and trial processes and the possible defences that may arise.

It provides students with a broad range of perspectives including formal case law, statutory and constitutional provisions, academic commentaries and Law Reform Commission policy recommendations. It combines domestic law with ECHR jurisprudence and persuasive authorities from other jurisdictions. Through a careful combination of the criminal rules along with excerpts from cases, articles, notes and texts, this book seeks to inform the user of the formal criminal law and provide a gateway to some of the more conceptual debates in the subject area.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherClarus Press Ltd
ISBN (Print)9781911611400
Publication statusPublished - 2020

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