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NCJ Number: 78387 Find in a Library
Title: Criminal Law - Offences Relating to Interference With the Course of Justice
Corporate Author: Great Britain Law Cmssn
Conquest House
United Kingdom
Date Published: 1979
Page Count: 210
Sponsoring Agency: Great Britain Law Cmssn
London, WC1N 2BQ, England
Pendragon House, Inc
Campbell, CA 95008
Sale Source: Pendragon House, Inc
2898 Joseph Avenue
Campbell, CA 95008
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This report from the British Law Commission deals with offenses relating to interference with the course of justice, including perjury, and proposes recommendations for the reform and codification of the law in this field.
Abstract: The commission recommends that the definition of perjury as any false statement should include (1) oral evidence given on oath in or for the purposes of judicial proceedings, (2) any affidavit or statutory declaration or in a certificate made for the purposes of judicial proceedings and admissible in those proceedings, (3) giving evidence in pursuance of an order under the 1975 Evidence Act, and (4) sworn evidence before the Court of Justice of the European Communities. Codification and reform is also recommended for offenses relating to civil and criminal proceedings, such as fabricating or tampering with evidence, offenses in relation to members of a court, and publishing matter with intent to pervert justice; offenses relating to criminal proceedings and investigation, false statements to the police and impersonating a defendant; corroboration: territorial jurisdiction; and abolitions, repeals, and amendments. A section is also devoted to recommendations for proceedings and penalties with reference to the offenses discussed. A draft bill to enact the recommendations is appended.
Index Term(s): Contempt of court; Law reform; Legislation; Obstruction of justice; Offense classification; Perjury; United Kingdom (UK)
Note: Law Commission no. 96.
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