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Criminals not to be awarded damages

54 Criminals not to be awarded damages

(1) A court is not to award damages in respect of liability to which this Part applies if the court is satisfied that--
(a) the death of, or the injury or damage to, the person that is the subject of the proceedings occurred at the time of, or following, conduct of that person that, on the balance of probabilities, constitutes a serious offence, and
(b) that conduct contributed materially to the death, injury or damage or to the risk of death, injury or damage.
(2) This section does not apply to an award of damages against a defendant if the conduct of the defendant that caused the death, injury or damage concerned constitutes an offence (whether or not a serious offence).
Note : Sections 52 and 53 can apply to prevent or limit recovery of damages even though the defendant's conduct constitutes an offence.
(3) A
"serious offence" is an offence punishable by imprisonment for 6 months or more.
(4) This section does not affect the operation of the Felons (Civil Proceedings) Act 1981 .
(5) This section operates whether or not a person whose conduct is alleged to constitute an offence has been, will be or is capable of being proceeded against or convicted of any offence concerned.

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