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“ignorance of the law is no defence”

Discussion in 'SMB' started by Riviera, Jul 14, 2011.

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  1. Riviera

    Riviera Guest

    Perhaps that's fair if you're a barrister ............. how is the average man in the street supposed to know every law :confused:
     
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  2. mikem

    mikem Winger

    Turn the logic around - imagine trying to apply a system whereby you can simply plead ignorance as a defence...
     
  3. Riviera

    Riviera Guest

    But why not ........... there are laws, still on the books, that prohibit you from grazing your horse on St Brian's day if it falls in a leap year. How could you know that?
     
  4. The Voice Of Reason

    The Voice Of Reason Striker Staff Member Contributor

  5. mikem

    mikem Winger

    Daily Mail headline when an asylum seeker breaks some law and announces he didn't realise he couldn't do whatever it was...
     


  6. Your not. Only the one you'r accused of breaking.
     
  7. Yeah but they're so out-dated they are considered void. They just haven't been rid of yet.

    Apparently a young boy is still supposed to have 2 hours of longbow practice per day :lol:
     
  8. Riviera

    Riviera Guest

    I picked that as a daft example ........ but there are obscure laws that are still applied.
     
  9. SuperKev

    SuperKev Striker

    I'm surprised this hasn't already cropped up but.....

    what have you done now?
     
  10. Mercia Blackcat

    Mercia Blackcat Striker

    While it couldn't be used as a defence but when it came to sentencing it could be mitigating not to know the law....depending on how serious the crime.
     
  11. Riviera

    Riviera Guest

    I was in the Louvre and headbutted the Mona Lisa ......... I swear I was framed :roll:
     
  12. The Voice Of Reason

    The Voice Of Reason Striker Staff Member Contributor

    :)
     
  13. Rickybilly

    Rickybilly Striker

    Some offences do require guilty knowledge and for that prosecution have to prove, as well as some form of participation, that the defendant knew what he was doing was illegal. For those offences the defendant could be found not guilty if it could not be proved that he was aware that he was committing a crime. An example would be say, smuggling drugs, which requires that the prosecution prove that the defendant was knowingly concerned in the fraudulent evasion of the prohibition in force.
     
  14. Then you play the law of ignorance. The greatest law in the land. The immigrants pull that one just before they pull the racist line :lol:
     
  15. SuperKev

    SuperKev Striker

    if she was looking at you funny then it's totally ok mate, you'll get off ne bother
     
  16. Richy Rich

    Richy Rich Guest

    Fuck them and their law
     
  17. Riviera

    Riviera Guest

    :lol:
     
  18. Or the first factory owner that does not follow their first statuatory duty of care
     
  19. Crammers

    Crammers Striker

    A copper freind of mine once told me that you couldn't be done for shoplifting unless they could prove intent. She said that if you say you meant to pay for it but forgot you had it then you couldn't be charged.

    I reckon its bullshit like but just saying.
     
  20. Riviera

    Riviera Guest

    You obviously misunderstood the original question ...................

    "How is the average man in the street supposed to know every law?"

    Read more: http://www.readytogo.net/smb/showthread.php?t=608990#ixzz1S9ND7NZ7

    Did he have a brass neck ;)
     
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