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Criminal Law in Canada: Cases, Questions, and the Code, 7th Edition

By Simon Verdun-Jones
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ISBN-10: 0176724419
ISBN-13: 9780176724412
Publisher: Top Hat
Edition: 7th

Criminal Law in Canada is a core introductory text intended to give students the practical understanding of criminal law that they require to become successful criminal justice system practitioners. Criminal Law in Canada uses an integrated case-oriented approach to appeal to students. It discusses the general principles underlying Canadian criminal law in the context of specific cases decided by the courts. By combining the study of general principles with a close analysis of specific cases, students learn to apply the principles of criminal law to concrete, factual situations that they will face in everyday life or read about in the media.


  • *NEW* The seventh edition includes more than 60 new cases decided since the writing of the sixth edition and covers important legislative changes made to the Criminal Code to make this text a completely up-to-date introduction to criminal law. For example, the enactment of provisions that permit "medical assistance in dying" (MAID).
  • *NEW* Each chapter contains an updated boxed feature to stimulate student discussion that focuses on the issues raised by a particular case or a specific topic covered.
  • *NEW* 12 new illustrations by Greg Holoboff, which were specially produced for this book, have been added to give students powerful visual images that emphasize critical legal principles discussed in the text.
  • As part of the case-oriented approach, a number of study questions have been included at the end of each chapter. These are specifically designed to encourage students to test the extent to which they have absorbed the major principles of law covered in each substantive chapter. These problems may well serve as the basis for classroom debate or for discussion within less formal student study groups.
  • 48 diagrams have been inserted into the text in order to facilitate student comprehension and learning in line with the ever-increasing emphasis on the use of visual images in the classroom.
  • Included in each chapter is a pedagogical feature that focuses on the issues raised by a particular case. Included are links to contemporary media coverage of the issue(s) raised therein so that students may become more actively engaged in the learning process.
  • A conscious attempt has been made to incorporate recent case law, wherever possible, and in particular to encompass those contemporary decisions of the Supreme Court of Canada that have played a major role in shaping the ever-evolving fabric of the criminal law.

Table of Contents

  • Preface for Students
  • Preface for Instructors
  • Acknowledgments
  • Chapter 1: Introduction to Canadian Criminal Law
  • Chapter 2: The Actus Reus Elements of a Criminal Offence
  • Chapter 3: Causation in the Criminal Law
  • Chapter 4: The Mental Element in the Criminal Law: Subjective Liability
  • Chapter 5: The Mental Element in the Criminal Law: Objective Liability
  • Chapter 6: The Special Case of Regulatory Offences: Strict and Absolute Liability in Canada
  • Chapter 7: Modes of Participation in Crime and Inchoate Offences
  • Chapter 8: Mental Impairment and Criminal Responsibility: The Defences of ?Not Criminally Responsible on Account of Mental Disorder? (NCRMD) and Automatism
  • Chapter 9: Mistake of Fact, Consent, and Mistake of Law as Defences to a Criminal Charge
  • Chapter 10: Provocation and Intoxication: Partial Defences to a Criminal Charge
  • Chapter 11: Necessity and Duress: Two Excuses Recognized by the Courts as Defences to a Criminal Charge
  • Chapter 12: Self-Defence and Defence of Property
  • Appendix
  • Glossary
  • Index of Cases
  • Index

Author Information

Simon Verdun-Jones

Dr. Verdun-Jones is Emeritus Professor at the School of Criminology, Simon Fraser University. He recently retired as Editor of the Canadian Journal of Criminology and Criminal Justice. A graduate of the Yale Law School, He has written extensively in the areas of Criminal Law and Mental Health Law. He has also conducted research concerning the responses of the criminal justice system to individuals living with serious mental disorders and/or complex cooccurring mental-health, neuro-cognitive, addiction, and other major life challenges.