Duhaime's Law Dictionary


Officially Induced Error Definition:

A mistake of law caused by reliance upon erroneous legal advice obtained from an appropriate official.

In R v Crosswell, Justice Pringle wrote, at ¶14:

"(An) exception is recognized to the general rule that ignorance of the law is no excuse, for cases of officially induced error.

"However, in order to make out this defence, (the accused) must show that he considered the legal consequences of his actions and sought legal advice; the advice was obtained from an appropriate official; the advice was erroneous; he relied on it; and his reliance was reasonable."

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