Criminal appeals

Project status: Pre-consultation

The Law Commission has been asked by the Government to review the law governing appeals in criminal cases, including appeals against conviction and sentence, with a view to ensuring that courts have powers that enable the effective, efficient and appropriate resolution of appeals. Documents View the press release announcing the project here. View the full … Read more >

Contempt of court

Project status: Pre-consultation

Documents Terms of reference The problem “Contempt of court” refers to a wide variety of conduct that may impede or interfere with a court case or the administration of justice. Examples include deliberately breaching a court order, refusing to answer the court’s questions if called as a witness, or releasing photographs or publicly commenting on … Read more >

Evidence in Sexual Offence Prosecutions

Project status: Pre-consultation

Documents Terms of reference Background paper The problem The Government’s End to End Rape Review found that the prevalence of rape and sexual violence has remained steady in the last five years but there has been a sharp decrease in the number of prosecutions since 2016/2017. There are many complex reasons for the decline in … Read more >

Corporate Criminal Liability

Project status: Complete

Download the summary of the options paper here. Download the full options paper here. Download the impact assessment here. View the press release here.    The problem The general rule for attributing liability to companies in English and Welsh criminal law is the ‘identification principle’. This states that where a particular mental state is required, … Read more >

Taking, making and sharing intimate images without consent

Project status: Complete

Download a summary of the report here. Download the full report here.  Read the interim response from the MoJ here.  View the press release here. Our project The origins of this project are rooted in our Abusive and Offensive Online Communications Scoping Report which was published in November 2018. The purpose of that Report was … Read more >

Hate Crime

Project status: Complete

Download the report Download a summary of the report Download a Welsh summary of the report Download an Easy Read summary of the report The Problem Hate crimes are acts of violence or hostility directed at people because of who they are. Hate crime laws in England and Wales have developed in various phases over … Read more >

Confiscation under Part 2 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002

Project status: Complete

Download the report Download the summary of the report Download the impact assessment Our project  In 2018, the Home Office commissioned a Law Commission project with the objective of reforming Part 2 of Proceeds of Crime Act 2002. Our Consultation Paper considers how the existing statutory framework could be improved with the following objectives in … Read more >

Anti-money laundering

Project status: Complete

View the full report. View the summary of the full report. View the Welsh summary of the full report. The problem Money laundering is the process where criminals hide the origins of their illegally gained money. Money laundering is estimated to cost every household in the UK £255 a year and allows criminals to profit … Read more >

Search Warrants

Project status: Complete

View the full report. View the summary of the report. View a Welsh version of the summary of the report. The problem A search warrant is a written authorisation that allows an investigator to enter premises to search for material or individuals. Search warrants are usually issued by a court following an application by a … Read more >

Reform of the Communications Offences

Project status: Complete

Download the report here. Download a summary of the report here. Read the interim response from DCMS here. A Welsh translation of the report will be available soon. The problem The revolution in online communications has offered extraordinary new opportunities to communicate with one another and on an unprecedented scale. However, those opportunities also present … Read more >