Crime, Law, and Legal Defences

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Criminology: A Canadian Perspective. Toronto, ON: Holt, Rinehart and Winston of Canada, 1987.


A crime can be defined as any form of human activity that the law defines as a crime. The criminal law is a closed system. It is not the only way to describe deviant behaviour but, in this chapter, crime will be described in legal terms. The legal elements of crime and the defences available to an accused will be discussed.

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