20. Standard of care.

It is a question of fact whether the defendant has failed to show reasonable care in the particular circumstances1. The law lays down the general rules which determine the standard of care which has to be attained, and it is for the court to apply that legal standard of care to its findings of fact so as to decide whether the defendant has attained that standard2. The legal standard is objective; it is not that of the defendant himself3, but that which might be expected from a person of ordinary prudence4, or person of ordinary care and skill5, engaged