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Smith, Hogan, & Ormerod's Essentials of Criminal Law

Second Edition

John Child and David Ormerod

April 2017

ISBN: 9780198788683

664 pages

In Stock

Price: £32.99

Your gateway to criminal law: drawing on the exceptional clarity and authority of Smith & Hogan, with a wealth of unique supportive learning features and guidance on assessment.



Smith, Hogan, & Ormerod's Essentials of Criminal Law takes students to the heart of this fascinating subject, providing focused, expert coverage alongside a wealth of student-friendly learning features to aid study.

  • Combines the authority you would expect from a Smith, Hogan, & Ormerod title with numerous supportive learning features and an eye on developing analytical and assessment skills
  • The text offers a thorough, accessible, and unique introduction to criminal law for the student reader
  • Over 150 figures and tables aid learning and revision, graphically presenting some of the key concepts and principles of criminal law
  • Key cases are highlighted across the chapters with a brief summary of the main facts and judgment
  • Numerous learning features across the text highlight sources for extra reading, assessment advice, and flag common areas of confusion to avoid
  • Each chapter includes a section on reform including noted academic criticism of the law, furthering students' analytical understanding
  • Each chapter ends with a section dedicated to assessment advice, including how to approach problem questions and correctly apply legal knowledge

New to this edition

  • Coverage of new legislation, including: the Criminal Justice and Courts Act 2015 and the Modern Slavery Act 2015
  • Coverage of new cases, including: Hayes [2015]; Gurpinar [2015]; Farnon & Ellis [2015]; Wells, Masud, Hone and Kail [2015]; Jogee and Ruddock [2016]; R (Collins) v Secretary of State for Justice [2016]
  • Coverage of new Law Commission reports, including: Reform of Offences against the Person (No 361, 2015) and A New Sentencing Code for England and Wales (No 365, 2016)

About the Author(s)

John Child, Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Sussex, and David Ormerod, Law Commissioner for England and Wales. Professor of Criminal Justice at University College London

Dr John Child is a Senior Lecturer in Law at the University of Sussex, and co-founding Director of the Sussex Crime Research Centre.

Professor David Ormerod QC is a Law Commissioner for England and Wales and Professor of Criminal Justice at University College London. He is also a Door Tenant at Red Lion Chambers and a Bencher of Middle Temple.

Table of Contents

    1: Introduction
    2: Actus reus
    5: Mens rea
    4: Interaction of actus reus and mens rea
    5: Murder
    6: Manslaughter
    7: Non-fatal offences against the person
    8: Sexual offences
    9: Property offences
    10: Fraud
    11: General inchoate offences
    12: Parties to crime
    13: Denial of an offence
    14: General defences


"Review from previous edition Each chapter is well thought out with an eye on the issues which students find hard to follow. While accessible, it does not compromise on content or analysis. " - Dr Esther McGuinness, Law Lecturer, University of Ulster

"Covers all the essential concepts that degree level students need to get to grips with, written in a clear way that does not overly complicate the subject matter" - Jane Rees, Law Lecturer, University of the West of England

Additional Resources

This text is accompanied by a free to access Online Resource Centre.

Each chapter is accompanied by a selection of online resources to support and further student learning, including -
· Multiple choice questions
· A chapter summary sheet
· A selection of short revision questions with answer guidance
· Two sample examination questions with answer guidance
· Further reading
Also on the website you will find -
· A selection of videos from the authors explaining key topics and principles
· Legal updates
· Useful web-links

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