General Defence

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Definition: General Defence




Full Definition of General Defence


If it is clear that the accused carried out the act charged, and with requisite Mens Rea, he may still not necessarily be culpable (see: Criminal culpability) because he has a defence. General defences are those which apply to all, or most, offences; some offences allow for a special defence as well. Examples of general defences include:

  • Self-defence
  • Protection of people or property
  • Consent
  • Duress

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Definition Sources


Definitions for General Defence are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

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