Thousands of crimes and torts are perpetrated every day in the world, and lo and behold, someone somewhere will be assaulted, butchered, robbed, abducted, fondled (erotically) without the consent and something will be sabotaged until you read this article to its the end. Moreover, some individuals commit crimes and torts due to unemployment, privation, poverty, and cut-throat and swear vengeance. A professor of Northeastern University coined the term ‘crimtort’.
Let us look at crimes and torts in depth. A crime is an illegal act whereas a tort is unlawful and not illegal. In addition to this, crime is wrongdoing that affects the public at large and, a tort is a wrong done against an individual.
In legal terms, a tort occurs when negligence directly causes damage to a person or property. Crimes are illegal acts as they go against existing laws laid down in society and affect the standard of living of law-abiding citizens who wish to live peacefully in society. On the other hand, a tort causes bodily harm or psychological injury to an individual and impairs a person’s lifestyle. Crimes are tried in a criminal court while torts are brought to justice through a civil court. Additionally, the purpose of tort can be unwitting. To exemplify, torts can be seen as motor vehicle accidents, civil assault, medical malpractice, etc. However, crime is intentional wrongdoing which is unethical for example, burglary, larceny, motor vehicle theft, rape, and sexual assault, etc.
Well, it is crystal clear that every crime violates the law, not every violation of the law counts as a crime. Apart from this, tort liability is meant to monetarily reimburse the tort victim for the harm caused by the tort-feasor. Other remedies are also possible, including restitution or injunction. On the flip side, remedy in case of crime is penalising. It may be imprisonment to capital punishment and corporal punishment. Nevertheless, these problems can certainly be solved with the help of proper care at the government and social level by making sincere efforts to watch and guide the activities of such people.