Strict liability refers to occasions where an individual or legal entity can be found to be liable without proving fault (civil law) or guilty without proving criminal intent (criminal law).

An example of a strict liability criminal offence would be selling alcohol to someone who is underage (s146 of the Licensing Act 2003). In that case, the intent of the individual (mens rea) selling the alcohol is not a factor in determining whether an offence was committed; the act (actus reus) is enough.

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