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civil wrong

Definition of civil wrong

Noun

civil wrong (plural civil wrongs)

  1. (law) A wrongful act by one person against another for which the other person may recover damages in a lawsuit.

Further reading

A civil wrong or wrong is a cause of action under the law of England and Wales. Tort,[1] breach of contract[2] and breach of trust[3][4] are types of civil wrong.

Something that amounts to a civil wrong is said to be wrongful.

A wrong involves the violation of a right because wrong and right are complementary terms.[5]

A statement that an act complained of is legally wrongful as regards the party complaining implicitly includes a statement that the act complained of prejudicially affects the party complaining in some legal right.[6]

The law that relates to civil wrongs is part of the branch of the law that is called the civil law.[7]

A civil wrong is capable of being followed by what are called civil proceedings.[8]

References

  1. Glanville Williams. Learning the Law. Eleventh Edition. Stevens. 1982. p. 9
  2. Glanville Williams. Learning the Law. Eleventh Edition. Stevens. 1982. p. 9
  3. Glanville Williams. Learning the Law. Eleventh Edition. Stevens. 1982. p. 10
  4. For more information on breach of trust
  5. Clerk and Lindsell on Torts. Sixteenth Edition. 1989. Sweet and Maxwell. paragraph 1-14 at page 12.
  6. Rogers v Rajendro Dutt (1860) 13 Moo P C 209, 9 WR 149, 15 ER 78. The text reads: "It is essential to an action in tort that the act complained of should under the circumstances be legally wrongful as regards the party complaining; that is, it must prejudicially affect him in some legal right;"
  7. Glanville Williams. Learning the Law. Eleventh Edition. Stevens. 1982. p. 2
  8. Glanville Williams. Learning the Law. Eleventh Edition. Stevens. 1982. p. 3

See also

References:

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