Distinguish a criminal wrong from a civil wrong

Criminal wrong Civil wrong
·    This is an act or omission committed or omitted in violation of public law. ·    This is the violation of a persons rights by another.
·    It is a wrong against the state. ·    It is a wrong against a person i.e. human being, corporation or the state.
· Examples include murder, rape, drunken driving, incitement to violence causing death by dangerous driving, incest assault,

theft by servant uttering a false document.

·         Persons who commit criminal wrongs are


·    Examples  include breach of          contract, negligence, assault, battery, false imprisonment, defamation, nuisance, passing off deceit, conversion.

generally arrested by the state.        They ar then charged in a court of law and

prosecuted by the state.

e · The plaintiff sues the defendant for the wrong and must prove his case.

·    If   convicted  they  may              be fined, imprisoned, or subjected to capital or

corporal punishment.

·     Remedies for the plaintiff include damages, injunction, specific performance tracing account, winding up.

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