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Criminal Law

Fourth Edition

Claire de Than and Russell Heaton

Publication Date - 18 July 2013

ISBN: 9780199657209

600 pages
9.7 x 7.4 inches

A comprehensible, engaging introduction to the subject, filled with lively examples that show how the law works in practice


Criminal Law, Fourth Edition, offers a unique, in-depth analysis of the elements of criminal offenses in the UK. Using a logical structure and a lively writing style, authors Claire de Than and Russell Heaton ensure that even the most complicated aspects of criminal law are explained in a clear and engaging manner, allowing students to develop a full appreciation of the fundamentals.


Structured learning features are integrated throughout the chapters to help students engage with the subject and develop their knowledge further.

Running examples in each chapter provide scenarios to help clarify points of law and aid understanding.

Flowcharts and diagrams offer a useful visual tool to illustrate the more complex offenses and defenses.

The accompanying Companion Website includes a "Hot 100 Cases" database with summaries of key criminal law cases and a bonus chapter on Vicarious and Corporate Liability (www.oup.com/uk/orc/ law/criminal/heaton4e)

New to this Edition

  • Full accounts of recent legal developments, including the reforms to voluntary manslaughter under the Coroners and Justice Act 2009 and subsequent case law
  • Discussion of recent cases and reform proposals in many fields, including manslaughter, joint enterprise, sexual offenses, and defenses
  • Additional flowcharts and diagrams that help students understand complex areas of the law

Previous Publication Date(s)

October 2010
April 2006

Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Actus Reus
    3. Mens Rea and Fault
    4. Non-Fatal Offenses Against the Person
    5. Sexual Offenses
    6. Homicide
    7. General Defenses I: Age and Insanity
    8. General Defenses II: Automatism, Intoxication, Mistake, and Self-Defense
    9. General Defenses III: Duress, Necessity, and Marital Coercion
    10. Offenses Against Property I: Theft
    11. Offenses Against Property II: Fraud
    12. Offenses Against Property III
    13. Strict Liability
    14. Secondary Participation in Crime
    15. Inchoate Offenses