Last edited 30 Oct 2020

Novus actus interveniens

novus actus interveniens’ ("new act intervening") is a legal term which refers to breaking the chain of causation such that even if the defendant has acted negligently, a subesquent intervening action breaks the chain of causation with the loss or damage sustained and so the defendant is not liable.

This can be as a result of:

Under certain circumstances, the courts may decide to apportion the loss between the parties.

See: Contribution and apportionment for more information.

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