Criminal Law Guidebook: Queensland and Western Australia

Criminal Law Guidebook: Queensland and Western Australia

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The Criminal Law Guidebook: Queensland and Western Australia is your guide to the essentials of criminal law. It provides a clear and comprehensive outline of the foundation topics in criminal law in an easy-to-read, student-friendly format. Learn how to link the key concepts from your lectures, textbooks and tutorials to get the most from your study, improve your knowledge of law and develop legal problem-solving skills.This guidebook will help you navigate through the fundamental points of criminal law in Queensland and Western Australia using:clear and concise explanations of what you need to knowcases and statutes to rememberassessment preparation sectionsup-to-date cases and legislation.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 150 x 209 x 18mm | 460g
  • OUP Australia and New Zealand
  • Melbourne, Australia
  • English
  • 0195596749
  • 9780195596748
  • 810,735

Table of contents

1. Introduction to the Criminal CodesAustralia's criminal law landscapeThe model Criminal CodeThe Griffith CodesInterpretation of CodesPrinciples of criminal law and criminal procedureDifference between a crime and a tortBurden of proofReception of imperial law and customary criminal law2. Criminal Responsibility in the CodesIntroductionElements of criminal responsibilitySection 23 of the CodesHistory of Section 23Objective and subjective tests of criminal responsibilityThe need for concomitance between the physical and fault elementsIntoxicationThe duty provisionsAutomatism3. Criminal ProcedureIntroductionThe balancing of interests in the criminal justice systemThe structure of the court systemPolice powersArrestQuestioning and confessionsInvestigative proceduresBailThe trial processAppealsDouble jeopardy4. Offences Against the PersonIntroductionThe definition of assaultThe elements of assaultConsentAssault occasioning bodily harmSerious assaultsGrievous bodily harmWoundingThreatsStalkingDefences5. Sexual OffencesIntroductioThe definition of sexual penetrationThe elements of rape and sexual penetration without consentConsentOffences against persons not competent or incapable of giving consentSexual assault (Qld) and indecent assault (WA)Aggravated sexual penetration, sexual coercion and aggravatedsexual coercion (WA)Alternative verdictsDefences6. HomicideIntroductionThe meaning of 'unlawful'The meaning of 'killing'The meaning of a 'person'The meaning of 'death'The meaning of 'causation'MurderConstructive murderManslaughterUnlawful assault causing death7. Property OffencesIntroductionStealingRobberyBurglary/housebreakingFraudDamage to propertyDefences-honest claim of right8. Drug offencesIntroductionState drug offencesEvidentiary provisionsPossessionMental element of possessionSupplyTraffickingProducingFederal drug offences9. Extending Criminal ResponsibilityIntroductionAttemptsConspiracyComplicity and common purposeComplicityCommon purposeWithdrawalDifferent verdictsAccessory after the fact10. DefencesIntroductionSelf-defenceProvocation (murder)Provocation (assault)Killing for preservation in an abusive domestic relationshipDuress/compulsionEmergencyMistake of factInsanityDiminished responsibilityElementsImmature age11. SentencingIntroductionPrinciples of sentencingPurposes of sentencingFactors in sentencingAggravating factorsMitigating factorsGuilty pleaThe offender's character, age and intellectual capacitySentencing indigenous defendantsSentencing methodologyDiscretion to record or not record a convictionTable of casesTable of statutesIndex
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About Andrew Hemming

Andrew Hemming is a Senior Lecturer of Law within the School of Law and Justice at University of Southern Queensland.
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