Legal Studies 3080
Sometimes, an actus reus can be something other than an act or omission; it can be a state of being. For instance, the Criminal Code makes it an offence simply to possess break-in instruments under certain circumstances.
The chart that follows summarizes the three types of actus reus recognized by the courts, along with an example of each.
committing an assault
omitting an action
failing to assist a police officer when called upon
having a certain state of being
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