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Murdoch's Term of the Week: Reasonable Man

This week's TOTW has gone by many names in the past, most famously: 'The Man on the Clapham omnibus' and 'the man on the Bondi tram'. In legal terms, a reasonable man is a ubiquitous, yet entirely fictional, person to whose standards the courts claim to adhere when fashioning objective legal tests.

 

Reasonable Man

A careful man; a man of ordinary prudence: Murphy v Hurley [1929] SC; Curry v Foster [1960] Ir Jur Rep 33. The law of negligence lays down that the standard of care is that which is expected from a reasonably careful man in the circumstances: McComiskey v McDermott [1974] IR 75.

 

 

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