Strict Liability Explained
There are some crimes, for example road traffic offences or public danger offences, for which a Defendant need not have intended or known about the circumstances or consequence of their actions. Liability is said to strict with regard to the criminal element of the act.Get Legal Advice
“… I am a 57 year old manageress of a local convenience store… recently a young woman who I believed to be aged around 19 came into the shop and bought daily play lottery tickets… I never gave it a second thought as she appeared to me to be over 18... wearing heavy make up. Later a man and a woman who identified themselves as Trading Standards Officers came into the shop… [and] said I would be charged with selling lottery tickets to minors … surely this cannot be right as the girl appeared to be over 18... “
“… I have been a licensee for 20 years with an unblemished record… recently a group of young patrons who have never been any trouble were questioned by uniformed police officers in the beer garden of my establishment following a complaint by a member of the public who was also a regular… following a search by the officers it became apparent that one of the young people had been smoking cannabis cigarettes… this person has consequently been barred… I now await a decision as to my liability in this matter… but feel it grossly unfair that an event over which I had no knowledge or awareness… should jeopardise my good standing…”
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