Key Facts Key Cases: Criminal Law will ensure you grasp the main concepts of your Criminal Law module with ease. This book explains the facts and associated case law for:

  • the important concepts of actus reus, mens rea and strict liability
  • the main fatal and non-fatal offences against the person
  • a wide range of property offences
  • general defences
  • the topics of participation and inchoate offences


Key Facts Key Cases is the essential series for anyone studying law at LLB, postgraduate and conversion courses. The series provides the simplest and most effective way to absorb and retain all of the material essential for passing your exams. Each chapter includes:

  • diagrams at the start of chapters to summarise key points
  • structured headings and numbered points to allow for clear recall of the essential points
  • charts and tables to break down more complex information

Chapters are also supported by a Key Cases section which provides the simplest and most effective way to absorb and memorise essential cases needed for exam success.

  • Essential and leading cases are explained
  • The style, layout and explanations are user friendly 
  • Cases are broken down into key components by use of a clear system of symbols for quick and easy visual recognition


chapter 1|17 pages

Introduction to criminal law

chapter 2|14 pages

Actus reus

chapter 3|15 pages

Mens rea

chapter 4|10 pages

Strict liability

chapter 5|15 pages


chapter 6|16 pages

Inchoate offences

chapter 7|14 pages


chapter 8|29 pages

General defences

chapter 9|18 pages

Mental capacity defences

chapter 10|28 pages


chapter 11|20 pages

Non-fatal offences against the person

chapter 12|12 pages

Sexual offences

chapter 13|13 pages


chapter 14|26 pages

Other offences under the Theft Acts

chapter 15|9 pages

Fraud Act 2006

chapter 16|9 pages

Criminal damage

chapter 17|10 pages

Public order offences