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necessity

1. Philosophy
a. a condition, principle, or conclusion that cannot be otherwise
b. the constraining force of physical determinants on all aspects of life
2. Logic
a. the property of being necessary
b. a statement asserting that some property is essential or statement is necessarily true
c. the operator that indicates that the expression it modifies is true in all possible worlds.
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First, one implication of the decision in Ryan is that the defence of necessity must be re-evaluated.
However, if the doctor reasonably believes that the patient is firm in her threats to go to a backstreet abortionist, he or she may rely on the defence of necessity to protect the best interests of the patient.
59) Partly based on Krylov's opinion in the Corfu Channel case, Jimenez de Arechaga, in 1968 wrote that it may be concluded that "there is no general principle allowing the defence of necessity.
Did the trial judge mishandle the defence of necessity, resulting in an unfair trial?
They said: "The defence of necessity only arises when there is a conscious dilemma faced by a person who has to decide between saving life or avoiding serious bodily harm on the one hand and breaking the law on the other.
Judge Phillips concluded that according to the Criminal Code, the demonstrators acted in accordance with both a defence of necessity and defence of justification.
One is that in the circumstances of his case, "the common law defence of necessity would be available to a doctor who, acting out of his professional and human duty, assisted him to die".
Mr Owen told the court that access to Lord Goldsmith's advice to Ministers was 'critical' for its defence of necessity.
He was charged with possession of marijuana in 1987, but was acquitted after pleading the defence of necessity.

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