Criminal Law: Innocent Agency

August 3, 2023

The doctrine of innocent agency applies when a third party, not the defendant, commits the offence. A third party will qualify as an innocent agent where they are under the age of criminal responsibility, are legally insane or act without essential knowledge and intention. Where the defendant uses an innocent agent to commit an offence, the defendant may still be liable as a principal offender via the doctrine of innocent agency.

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