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Codifying the meaning of 'intention' in the criminal law

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dc.contributor.author Coffey, Gerard
dc.date.accessioned 2016-07-20T08:30:55Z
dc.date.available 2016-07-20T08:30:55Z
dc.date.issued 2009
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/5130
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract What constitutes an intention to commit a criminal offence has proven to be a notoriously difficult concept to define.1 The issue as to whether the accused intended the consequences of the prohibited act or omission constituting the criminal offence charged in the indictment is a question of fact for the jury to determine based on the evidence tendered at trial in addition to the trial judge’s charge to the jury. In the absence of a clear statutory definition of intention in the criminal law it is imperative for trial judges to instruct juries in accordance with clear judicial guidelines. However, the jurisprudence of the English and Irish superior courts pertaining to the meaning of intention, and in particular indirect or oblique intention, has generally been regarded as unsatisfactory with the result that trial judges have insufficient guidelines when instructing juries.2 This comment evaluates the jurisprudence of the superior courts on the meaning of intention in the criminal law.3 It suggests that the guidelines formulated by the superior courts hitherto are not definitive and may lead to confusion when trial judges instruct juries on the meaning of intention, thus necessitating statutory reform. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher Sage Publications en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Journal of Criminal Law;73 (5), pp. 394-413
dc.relation.uri http://dx.doi.org/10.1350/jcla.2009.73.5.590
dc.subject mens rea en_US
dc.subject intention en_US
dc.title Codifying the meaning of 'intention' in the criminal law en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.date.updated 2016-07-15T15:22:17Z
dc.description.version Accepted
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US
dc.internal.rssid 1121097
dc.internal.copyrightchecked Yes
dc.description.status peer-reviewed


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