Topic: Law Commission Report

Description of Assignment:
Task 1

“A person ought to be held criminally responsible for causing death if death or serious injury were the unforeseeable consequence of his/her conduct, just because he/she foresaw or it was foreseeable that some harm would result.”
Law Commission Report No.237 (1996), Legislating the Criminal Code: Involuntary Manslaughter

Produce an essay (between 1000-1200 words) in which you assess the above statement in light of the law relating to involuntary manslaughter.

Your answer in an essay form must:

  1. Explain constructive, reckless and gross negligence manslaughter, using cases.
  2. Evaluate the actus reus and mens rea of constructive, reckless and gross negligence manslaughter, using cases. (a/criteria 2.1, 2.2) Task 2

Anwar aged 15, is a serious diabetic. However, when he is very engrossed with playing games online, he often forgets to take his daily insulin doses and even when he does take his insulin on time, he occasionally forgets to eat after taking his insulin shots. One evening, Anwar has a bad quarrel with his brother Hanif. Hanif makes fun of Anwar being diabetic. Anwar drinks a whole bottle of wine that his mother received as a gift from work. Feeling brave after the wine and wanting to take revenge, Anwar sneaks into his brother’s bedroom and removes Hanif’s laptop computer. He takes it out of the house and goes to a nearby motorway bridge. He throws the computer off the bridge intending to destroy the computer. The computer smashes through the windscreen of a car driven by Tina. She is physically unhurt but is so shocked that she brakes violently and the car swerves sharply. Tina’s car collides with a car driven by Sunil. Sunil loses control and his car crashes down the embankment at the side of the motorway. Sunil’s car then overturns and Sunil suffers from serious injuries and is losing a lot of blood. An ambulance takes Sunil to the hospital where Bashir, a doctor, informs Sunil that he requires an immediate blood transfusion to save his life. Sunil refuses to give his consent to the transfusion as it is against his beliefs. Sunil dies two hours later.

Advise Anwar about any potential liability for Sunil’s death.

Produce an opinion (750-1000 words ) advising Anwar. Your answer in opinion form should:

  1. Explain constructive, reckless and gross negligence manslaughter, using cases.
  2. Evaluate the actus reus and mens rea of constructive, reckless and gross negligence manslaughter, using cases.
  3. Explain the law relating to defences to manslaughter.
    (a/criteria 2.1 (part), 2.2(part) 4.1 (part))

Task 3

Your work as a volunteer paralegal at the Waterloo Legal Advice Centre (LAC) has received recognition in the local community. To further raise the profile of the LAC, a series of lectures/ talks have been organised inviting local residents to attend.
You will be one of the speakers at these talks and hope to speak on criminal law but also touch on current issues like whether mental health, poverty, pressure, being under the influence is a defence to committing a crime as well as whether people have the right to defend themselves.

So, you decide to give a lecture/talk on ‘General Defences When a Killing (Involuntary Manslaughter) Occurs.’

Produce your written lecture/talk notes (between 750 -1000 words), to be distributed to the participants after the talk/lecture, in which you:

  1. Explain the difference between voluntary and involuntary manslaughter, using examples.
  2. Explain the law relating to defences to manslaughter. (a/criteria 3.1, 4.1))

Pages: 9 Double spaced(2475 words)
Style and sources: Harvard, 3 sources
Free extras: Outline/Title page/Bibliography / Reference page
Study level: College
Assignment type: Essay
Subject: Law
Language: US

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