AuthorKent Roach
This book is designed to provide a concise a nd current discussion of the
basic principles of Canadian crimin al law. To this end, the heart of this
book examines t he principles of the general part of the cr iminal law:
the elements of offences and the relevant defences. It follows the trad-
itional conceptualization of the general part, but it examines unfulf‌illed
crimes and par ticipation in crimes e arlier than other works because of
their great practical importance and their effective expansion of the pro-
hibited act. Regulatory offences and cor porate criminal liability are e xam-
ined together because of their funct ional and contextual simi larities.
A few chapters attempt to place the general principles of the cri minal
law in context. Chapter 1 provides an over view of all the topics exam-
ined in the book and some basic and cur rent crimina l justice statistics.
Chapter 2 examines the constitutional principles that affect the investi-
gation of crime, the crimi nal tria l process, and the substantive criminal
law as they relate to fault requirement s and defences. This chapter in-
cludes new developments in the interpretation of the legal right s in the
Charter with t he reasonable limits prov ision in section 1 of the Charter
in R v KRJ.1 It also includes discussion of new developments in bail in
R v Antic2 and of the right to a trial in a reasonable time, as well as new
developments concerning the important pr inciple under section 7 of the
Charter that cr iminal offences should not be overbroad.

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