Special Circumstances Law and Legal Definition

Special circumstances refer to those situations where criminal activities are executed with high disregard to the society and human feelings. These circumstances portrays the contempt of the perpetrator in social wellbeing and justify extreme punishments.

The following is an example of a case law on special circumstance;

Special circumstances means situations where the justification is pressing as well as plain, or in the most pressing circumstances, and when the requirements of justice are absolutely peremptory.[United States v. Wiseman, 1984 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 19079 (D. Mass. 1984)].