Principles of Imputation

Paul H. Robinson

in Structure and Function in Criminal Law

Published in print September 1997 | ISBN: 9780198258865
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191681875 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Monographs on Criminal Law and Justice

Principles of Imputation

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This chapter attempts to establish that a conceptual grouping of equal importance to the definition of offences and general defences should be recognized: doctrines of imputation. It also discusses the doctrines that make up this conceptual group and demonstrates their shared operation in imputing a required offence element. In addition, it illustrates that, beyond the shared operational character, these doctrines share common theories and rationales. In general, the definition of an offence describes the elements normally required to hold an actor liable for the offence; it is that offence's paradigm for liability. Despite the absence of a required element of the definition, however, an actor may be held liable for the offence if a doctrine imputes the absent elements.

Keywords: doctrines of imputation; offences; general defences; liability

Chapter.  6024 words. 

Subjects: Criminal Law

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