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R v Tolson

[1889] 23 QBD 168

Case summary last updated at 13/01/2020 15:01 by the Oxbridge Notes in-house law team.

Judgement for the case R v Tolson

 D, on reasonable grounds, believed her husband to be dead and therefore remarried. In fact he was still alive. The court majority held that a BF belief on reasonable grounds as to the husband’s death was a defence to the charge of bigamy. As Hawkins LJ said, it would be unfair to punish someone in the total absence of fault. 

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