James Grant's Critical Criminal Law

James Grant

Grant extracts and collates the principles of Criminal law that can sometimes be complex, in a way that allows for a clear understanding of the current law. This text will show that, to a very large extent, South African Criminal Law maps onto most ordinary intuitions about what is fair and just. Where it is not, Grant explains how this may be understood and the extent to which it may be reconciled with defensible principles. This analysis is crucial for understanding criminal law in SA, but what follows - where Grant subjects the law to a critical analysis - is what sets this work apart and makes it a necessary tool for anyone who wants to practice or to properly understand what criminal law is in South Africa and what it should be.

This text is live and will continue to be added to an updated. As it stands it covers all general principles with the exception of a chapter on attempt liability and three chapters on specific grounds of justification under unlawfulness (private defence, necessity, and consent). These four remaining chapters will be completed soon and hopefully included in the next revision service. It is intended as a text of principles of criminal law.