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Negligence in criminal liability
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Negligence plays a minor role in criminal liability. It used to form the basis of some driving offences but this has largely been superseded by recklessness. Negligence adheres to an objective standard. This is strictly applied as can be seen in McCrone v. Riding [1938] 1 All ER 137 where it was held that a learner driver must meet the standard of a qualified driver. 

 
The main role for negligence in criminal law is with regards to gross negligence manslaughter. This requires the prosecution to establish that the defendant owed a duty of care, was in breach of duty which resulted in death. The current test for establishing liability for this offence was set out in: 
 
 
 
R v Adomako [1994] 3 WLR 288  Case summary

Adomako test:
        "whether the conduct of the defendant was so bad in all the circumstances as to amount in their judgment to a criminal act or omission."
       
       
       
       
       
       
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