Offences against the person – modernising the law on violence

“Reform of Offences Against the Person”, published today, sets out our recommendations for reforms that would replace the outdated Offences Against the Person Act 1861 with modern, clear and logical legislation The Act is notoriously difficult to understand and use. It refers to concepts no longer recognised in law, the language is archaic and obscure … Read more >

Offences against the person – modernising the law on violence

New rules are needed to tackle violent offences and make better use of court time, according to the Law Commission. In a scoping report issued today the Law Commission is recommending reforms that would: replace the outdated Offences Against the Person Act 1861 with modern, clear and logical legislation create a new offence of “aggravated … Read more >

Project: Offences against the Person

Project status: Complete

This is a scoping project forming part of our Eleventh Programme of law reform. The Offences Against the Person Act 1861 is widely recognised as being outdated. It uses archaic language and follows a Victorian legislative approach of listing separate offences for individual factual scenarios, many of which are no longer necessary (for example, the … Read more >

Offences against the person – options for reform

In a consultation opening today the Law Commission asks whether – and how – the Offences Against the Person Act 1861 should be reformed. There are almost 200,000 prosecutions each year under the 1861 Act, but the Act is notoriously difficult to understand and use. The language is archaic and obscure. It refers to concepts … Read more >

Project: Intoxication and Criminal Liability (2009)

Project status: Complete

Many crimes, particularly crimes of violence, are committed when the offender is in a state of extreme or partial intoxication, usually as a result of the voluntary consumption of alcohol but often because of his or her use of (other) drugs, or a combination of alcohol and drugs. This view is supported by a number … Read more >