Rex v Medley: 1834

The defendant directors of a company were accused of committing a public nuisance by acts causing pollution of the River Thames.
Held: The jury was directed that directed the jury that the ignorance of the directors was no defence if they had authorised a manager to conduct the works, and they were each fined andpound;25.


Denman CJ


(1834) 6 C and P 292


England and Wales

Cited by:

CitedRegina v Rimmington; Regina v Goldstein HL 21-Jul-2005
Common Law – Public Nuisance – Extent
The House considered the elements of the common law offence of public nuisance. One defendant faced accusations of having sent racially offensive materials to individuals. The second was accused of sending an envelope including salt to a friend as a . .
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Updated: 06 December 2022; Ref: scu.231621