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

Fourth Edition

John Child and David Ormerod

March 2021

ISBN: 9780198869962

704 pages

In Stock

Price: £37.99

Your gateway to criminal law: drawing on the exceptional clarity and authority of Smith and 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. This is the perfect gateway into criminal law.

  • Combines the authority you would expect from a Smith, Hogan, and 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
  • A range of online resources are available, including video tutorials from the authors and students, examination questions with answer guidance from the authors, self-test questions, chapter summaries, and further reading.
  • Also available as an e-book enhanced with self-assessment activities and multi-media content to offer a fully immersive experience and extra learning support

New to this edition

  • Coverage of new cases on a range of topics including dishonesty, foreseeability, loss of control, diminished responsibility, gross negligence manslaughter, offences against the person, deception in sexual offences, and more including Barton and Lawrance
  • More than 400 self-test questions are now available online, including new scenario questions
  • New and refreshed videos from our authors are available online, focused on tricky topics and on how to tackle assessments
  • An audio introduction to each topic is available online

About the Author(s)

John Child, Reader in Criminal Law, Birmingham Law School, and David Ormerod, Professor of Criminal Justice, University College London

John Child is a Reader in Criminal Law at the University of Birmingham, Co-Director of the Birmingham Centre for Crime, Justice and Policing, and Co-Director of the Criminal Law Reform Now Network. Prior to this, John lectured at the University of Sussex and Oxford Brookes Law School.

David Ormerod QC (Hon) is Professor of Criminal Justice at University College London, Deputy High Court Judge, and a Door Tenant at Red Lion Chambers.

Table of Contents

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


"An up-to-date and highly accessible introduction...an invaluable resource" - Dr Elizabeth Shaw, Senior Lecturer, University of Aberdeen

"A model of clarity...perfect balance between clear, succinct and accessible explanations and critical analysis." - Kate Goodwin, Senior Lecturer in Law, University of Gloucestershire

"A number of my students have said it's their favourite textbook" - Dr Micheál O'Flynn, Lecturer, University of Glasgow

"An excellent, comprehensive text with great additional online resources...assists students with learning the technical basics, and introduces them to some key debates" - Dr Alex Dymock, Lecturer in Law, Goldsmiths, University of London

Additional Resources

The fourth edition is available for students and institutions to purchase in a variety of formats, and is supported by online resources.

The e-book offers a mobile experience and convenient access along with self-test questions, videos, animated diagrams, audio introductions, and links that offer extra learning support: www.oxfordtextbooks.co.uk/ebooks

The online resources include:
- Over 400 self-test questions
- A selection of videos from the authors explaining key topics and principles
- Sample examination questions with answer guidance to help hone your assessment skills
- Chapter summary sheets
- Animated diagrams
- Audio introductions to each topic
- Web links and further reading

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