The Meanings of Dishonesty in TheftCommon Law World Review (2009)
AbstractThis paper examines the development of the element of fraudulence in larceny and its recasting as dishonesty in modern theft offences. It examines the diverging approaches in England, Canada, New Zealand and Australia and attempts to explain the implications of the various approaches. It suggests that historical debates over the term arose because of the lack of clarity in early decisions, and that those debates continue today. Consequently, the principled basis for dishonesty as a legal term remains fundamentally unclear and discussion of the term requires further consideration.
- legal history,
- mens rea,
- comparative law
Citation InformationAlex Steel. "The Meanings of Dishonesty in Theft" Common Law World Review Vol. 38 (2009)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/alex_steel/17/