SOC209H5 Chapter Notes - Chapter 1: Victimless Crime, Nulla Poena Sine Lege, Private Law
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The Rule of Law
Rule of law:
Key Principles of the Rule of Law
Justice is delivered timely
'!!no person is above the lawall persons are
bound by the lawentitled to protection (
observed and enforced equally
Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms: !
The Criminal Law
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Principles of Canadian Law
1) Actus non facit reum mens sit rea1act does not make person guilty
unless she has aguilty mind
Actus reusact of doing
Mens rea guilty intent
2) Nullum crimen sine lege, nulla poena sine lege: no crime without a law,
no punishment without a law
3) Ignorantia juris non excusat: Ignorance of the law is no excuse
4) Nemo tenetur seipsum accusare:No one is compelled to incriminate
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