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Legal Competence in Environmental Health by Terence Moran

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Basic criminal law

2.1 AN OUTLINE OF CRIMINAL LIABILITY

In this book we are very much concerned with the role of the Environmental Health Officer in the criminal law — his role as ‘policeman, regulator or enforcer involved in the detection and prosecution of crime. Yet even when adopting this limited approach there are problems. The first problem encountered when examining the role of the Environmental Health Officer in the criminal law is that there exists no substantive definition of what a crime is. There is no easily assimilated marker which can act as an unfailing check by which to determine whether given conduct is criminal. Perhaps the best approach is to adopt that offered by many writers in the field and say that a crime ...

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