Civil Wrongs

‘A civil wrong is a breach of legal duty which affects the interests of an individual to a degree which the law regards as sufficient to allow that individual to complain on his or her own account rather than as a representative of society as whole’  (Clerk and Lindsell on Torts 22nd Edition).

Interests protected by the law of torts are the following:

  • Personal Interests such as personal liberty, physical security from injury, psychiatric harm and distress
  • Property Interests such as possession, physical damage to property and interests of enjoyment of property
  • Economic Interests such as pure economic loss and unfair competition
  • Loss of Chance; and
  • Public Interests such as public rights, due process and constitutional rights