Self Defence and The Law

​In law if one person inflicts force on another the intial presumption is that an unlawful act has been carried out. The lightest of touches can amount to an assault. However, there are situations in which it is recognised that force can be inflicted without a crime having been comitted. For example: Someone who takes part in a team sport is considered to have given their consent to a certain amount of force being used against them. A doctor operating on a patient would be guilty of the most serious assault if the patient did not give their consent. Bumping against someone on a packed train is excused as being part of everyday life. In addition, the courts have always upheld the right of an

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