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Supreme Court judges to put on YouTube their definition of “reasonable”

Comment 10th July 2010

Supreme Court judges to each put on YouTube their definition of "reasonable" in the form of a short lecture understandable by some one who has received a secondary education.

Why does this matter?

Many laws hang on what is reasonable – many are calling for their abolition because we all seem to have lost sight of what is meant by "reasonable".

  1. Health and Safety Law basically requires you to take all reasonable practical steps to ensure the safety of yourself and others who may be affected by your actions.
  2. Householders have the right to use reasonable force to protect themselves and their property
  3. Teachers and parents should be allowed to use reasonable chasticement of children

In none of the above cases would people seriously argue for the substitution of "unreasonable" in the place of "reasonable".

If there was a better understanding of what is "reasonable", half of this website would not be required!

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