Tort | Definition

Doc's CJ Glossary by Adam J. McKee


Course: Introduction / Procedural Law

A tort is a civil (not criminal) wrong that consists of a negligent or intentional injury against a person or property (with the exception of breach of contract).

The same act can be both a crime and a tort. As a matter of legal theory, a tort harms a particular individual, whereas a crime is seen as harming all citizens of the state.

Contrast with a crime.

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Last Modified: 07/06/2021


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