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Smith, Hogan, & Ormerod's Text, Cases, & Materials on Criminal Law

Thirteenth Edition

David Ormerod and Karl Laird

July 2020

ISBN: 9780198831945

864 pages

In Stock

Price: £47.99

Expertly guides the student reader through the criminal law, presenting and explaining invaluable extracts from key judgments, statutes, reports, and academic articles.



Ormerod and Laird present a thorough yet accessible student guide to the criminal law, supported by a wealth of key extracts from judgments, statutes, reports, and academic articles.

  • The student reader will benefit from the combined expertise of Ormerod and Laird, while also gaining invaluable insights from leading judges and academic commentators
  • Clear introductory text and supporting commentary helps the reader to contextualize extract materials and to apply the law with confidence
  • Numerous questions, with selected answer guidance online, are posed across the text both to aid reflection and encourage further investigation
  • This new edition has been significantly revised to focus wholly on the coverage needed by undergraduate readers
  • Also available as an e-book with functionality, navigation features, and links that offer extra learning support

About the Author(s)

David Ormerod, Professor of Criminal Justice, University College London and Deputy High Court Judge, and Karl Laird, Lecturer in Law at Exeter College, University of Oxford and a Senior Retained Lecturer at Pembroke College

Professor David Ormerod QC is Professor of Criminal Justice at University College London and a Deputy High Court Judge.

Karl Laird is a Stipendiary Lecturer and Tutor in Law at St Edmund Hall, Oxford. He has also taught at the Universities of Bristol and Cambridge, and at the LSE. He is a Barrister.

Table of Contents

    2:The elements of a crime
    6:Strict liability
    8:Voluntary manslaughter
    9:Involuntary manslaughter
    10:Non-fatal offences against the person
    11:Sexual offences
    14:Burglary and related offences
    16:Related offences in the Theft Acts 1968 and 1978
    17:Offences of damage to property
    18:Parties to offences
    21:Assisting and encouraging: Serious Crime Act 2007, Part 2
    22:General defences
    23:Mental conditions
    25:Liability of corporations


"An indispensable resource - core materials together with extracts from relevant articles and key sources" - Nigel Rourke, Senior Lecturer, University of Cumbria

"Ormerod and Laird ensure that the Smith & Hogan books retain their authority and clarity." - Professor Sally Kyd, Deputy Head of School of Leicester Law School, University of Leicester

Additional Resources

Digital formats and resources
The thirteenth 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 functionality tools, navigation features and links that offer extra learning support: www.oxfordtextbooks.co.uk/ebooks
  • This book is accompanied by a selection of online resources, including detailed annual updates, useful web links, and outline answer guidance to selected in-text questions.

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