Paralegal Essentials – Tort Law (Part 3 – False Imprisonment)

False Imprisonment is another of the intentional torts.  It is defined as an intentional act which causes confinement or restraint of another person’s activities without justification.

The elements include:

  • Intent (the actor must intend the act which causes the confinement)
  • Causation (the intentional act must cause the confinement)
  • Confinement or restraint (can be physical or by force or threats or by holding a person’s property)
  • There must be confinement or restraint for some time period
  • No escape can be possible

Defenses to False Imprisonment:

  • Consent

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