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Abuse of Process and Judicial Stays of Criminal Proceedings$
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Andrew L-T Choo

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199280834

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199280834.001.0001

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(p.133) 5 Entrapment
Abuse of Process and Judicial Stays of Criminal Proceedings

Andrew L-T Choo

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the manner in which allegations of entrapment, which typically arise in the context of undercover operations, have been dealt with in English law. Entrapment occurs when an agent of the state — usually a law enforcement officer or a controlled informer — causes someone to commit an offence in order that he should be prosecuted. The absence of a substantive defence of entrapment in England and Wales, the contemporary English approach to entrapment, and application of the abuse of process doctrine are discussed.

Keywords:   criminal proceedings, abuse of process, undercover operations, England, Wales

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