Torts are concerned with civil wrongs, whereby one party causes damage to another party.
• Tort is the French word for a “wrong” or Latin for “twisted”.
• Tort is a branch of Civil Law; therefore a tort in law is called a “Civil Wrong”
• Tort law protects a variety of injuries and provides remedies (ways to fix) them.
Torts can be distinguished from legal wrongs:
A Tort is not a breach of contract, where the obligation which is alleged to have been breached arose under an agreement between two parties. A Tort is not a crime, where the object of proceedings is to punish the offender rather than compensate the victim.
Using tort law, an injured party can bring a civil case to seek compensation for a wrong done to the party (plaintiff, or injured party) or the party’s property.
Tort damages or compensation are monetary damages that are sought from the offending party.
They are intended to compensate the injured party for the injury suffered.
Trespass torts in medicine
Defences to the tort of trespass
Duress (pressure or threat)
Chose in Action (Intangible Property – Transferable by assignment)
Trespass to Goods – Detinue
Interference with enjoyment
Defences to Private Nuisance
Defamation Cases in Ireland
Irish development in duty of care
Foreseeability and Policy Factors
Breach (of the duty of care)
Material Contribution test
Voluntary assumption of risk (defence of consent)
The Occupiers Liability Act 1995
Liability for Defective Products
Liability for Defective Products Act 1991 (No. 28 of 1991)
The lighter side of the law
Law of Tort – Multiple Choice Questions
Law of Tort – Multiple Choice Questions – Solutions
Authored by Teresa M Clyne MSc