Draft Criminal Code
Produced by the Law Commission in 1989. The Code was an immense work which would have brought much of our criminal law together in one piece of legislation. It laid down general principles and definitions of key concepts such as intention. It also set out the extent of defences such as duress.
However, Parliament did not enact it as law, possibly because of the Code’s vast extent and the time needed to consider it. Since then, the Law Commission has published smaller sections of proposed reform of the criminal law.
These have led to reforms of sexual offences fraud and incitement. A draft Offences against the Person Bill was sent out for consultation in 1998, but has never been included in the government’s legislative programme.