As in the criminal setting, a defendant in an action for damages for assault can raise the defence of consent or volenti non fit injuria
where the plaintiff consented to the assault and, if successfully raised, this will be a complete defence to the plaintiff's claim.
Do the lawyers reading this remember the defence of "volenti non fit injuria
" used in tort actions?
Ainsi recue en matiere delictuelle, la defense d'ex turpi causa se voit, a toutes fins pratiques, assimilee a la defense de volenti non fit injuria
. Par exemple, dans Blakely c.
In the past, when participants have been injured in volunteer sporting activities, the legal liability has traditionally rested with the injured party, on the basis of volenti non fit injuria
(voluntary assumption of risk).