Legal Studies 3080

Actus Reus

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.

Actus Reus

an action

committing an assault

omitting an action

failing to assist a police officer when called upon      

having a certain state of being     
possessing break-in instruments