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When is honesty the best policy?

English criminal law rests on the idea that there is a common standard of decent behaviour. The “Ghosh” test – named after the defendant in the 1982 trial that set the precedent – requires that juries consider whether the defendant’s conduct was “dishonest according to the ordinary standards of reasonable and honest people”. If these standards don’t exist, then the whole basis of the law disappears.

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