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R v Campbell, [1972] 2 All E.R. 353


C stripped on stage. Said she did so because she heard a judge say it was ok to do so. The judge that said this was overruled


Ignorance of the law is not a defence (s.19) – it may be used as a mitigating factor in sentencing.
**One may be able to use a mistake of law defence if knowledge of the law is necessary for conviction


Why Mistake of Law cant be a defence
**Would be difficult for Crown to prove crim charges where accused could say that I didn’t know what I did was wrong
**If we allowed this defence it would create an incentive for people to not know the law
**It is a defence that seeks to negate the MR for the offence

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