Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What are the classes of manslaughter?

Manslaughter as an offence falls into two categories: voluntary manslaughter, where the intention of the offender was to cause death or grievous bodily harm, and involuntary manslaughter, where neither death, nor grievous bodily harm was intended.

Voluntary manslaughter: murder may be reduced to manslaughter in the event of provocation or excessive self-defence. In South Australia and Victoria, a suicide pact may also be deemed as voluntary manslaughter.

Involuntary manslaughter: the offence of involuntary manslaughter generally encompasses an unlawful and dangerous act, or criminal negligence.


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