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    R. v. Pitwood [1920]

    I'm reading a law text which is named, "A Level and AS level Law". There is a reference type I couldn't understand what it means. I'll be grateful if you could help.

    ... then criminal liability may arise - the omission is no longer pure. This applies to both contractual (R. v. Pitwood [1920]) and tortious duties (R. v. Stont and Dobinson [1977]).


    What is the meaning of 'R. v.' in these references?

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    Re: R. v. Pitwood [1920]

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Crown

    In criminal proceedings, the state is the prosecuting party and is usually designated on the title or name of a case as "R v" - where R can stand for either Rex (if the current monarch is male) or Regina (if the monarch is female) versus thedefendant; for example, a criminal case against Smith might be referred to as R v Smith, and verbally read as "the Crown against Smith".
    This is for Britain and Commonwealth countries.

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    Re: R. v. Pitwood [1920]

    Regina versus ...
    In criminal cases, it is the representatives of the Queen (Regina) who prosecute.

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    Re: R. v. Pitwood [1920]

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    Regina versus ...
    In criminal cases, it is the representatives of the Queen (Regina) who prosecute.
    At the moment, that is true. When Liz dies or abdicates, it is almost certain that a male will take over the monarchy. Then, the "R" will refer to the king (Rex).
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 14-Aug-2015 at 09:26. Reason: Adding '(Rex)'.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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