Filed Under: Criminal Law; Torts

2 definitions found for this term.
Definitions are presented in the order source books were published (most recent first).


Coercion or compulsion to force another person to do some act.


A defence available to those who commit crimes because they are threatened with serious harm. A codified defence of duress is found in section 17 of the Criminal Code and applies to principal offenders. The requirements of immediacy and presence in section 17 of the Code have been severed from the defence as unconstitutional. A common law defence of duress applies to parties to offences. In some rare circumstances, duress may also be relevant to the proof of the fault element.

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