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This podcast aims to give the listener an overview of the law regarding entrapment. It explores the definition of entrapment and looks at the recent entrapment cases in the media. The court approach to this area and the case law which has defined the current test for the admissability of evidence obtained by entrapment is examined. Finally, the podcast compares the laws in the UK to other jurisdictions and concludes by considering the differing approaches to state-created and private entrapment claims.

After completing the course you will:
  • Understand what is meant by entrapment;
  • Be aware of the approach the court will take where entrapment can be proven;
  • Appreciate the test the court will apply to assess the admissability of evidence gained through entrapment;
  • Understand the relevance of PACE 1984;
  • Know the factors that will influence the court in considering the severity of the entrapment;
  • Appreciate the difference between the laws on entrapment in the UK and in other jurisdictions;
  • Understand the different approach taken to state-created entrapment as opposed to private entrapment.
Intermediate Difficulty: 3 of 5
Case Update
Legal Principles
Sources and References:
  • Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (PACE);
  • Hardwicke and Thwaites [2001] Crim L.R. 220;
  • Ludi v. Switzerland (1992) 15 EHRR 173;
  • McEvilly [1973] 60 Cr App R 150;
  • Nottingham City Council v Amin [2000] 1 WLR 1071;
  • R v Bryne [2003];
  • R v Latif [1996] 1 WLR 104;
  • R v Loosely [2001] UKHL 53;
  • R v Sang [1980] AC 402;
  • Teixeira de Castro v. Portugal (1999) 28 EHRR 101.

This podcast looks at the law of entrapment in light of the recent spate of "entrapment" cases in the media. It looks at the key cases in this area, international approaches and considers the difference between state-created and privately-created entrapment evidence.

Podcast last reviewed: 2012-07-30

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