Criminal law principles 刑法原则
- An act is not a crime unless the law says it is one.
- An essential function of the criminal law is to define the boundary between what conduct is criminal and what is merely immoral.
- Criminal Law is not only the Magra Carta of the innocent, but also the Magra Carta which makes the sinner.
- Divine punishments though slow, are always sure.
- Duress provides no defense to a charge of murder.
- Justifiable defense is the act being exempted from crimes.
- Prevention and punishment are essential reasons why we have criminal law and a criminal justice system.
- No crime without a law.
- No one can be forced to incriminate himself.
- Penal statutes must not be given retroactive effect.