Conspiracy and Attempts

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Law Commission’s Consultation Paper No 183

Conspiring to commit a crime is a criminal offence. Under the current law, when two or more persons plot a crime they can be arrested at the planning stage, regardless of whether the crime is ultimately committed. Attempting to commit a crime is also an offence, but only if the perpetrator commits an act which is a “more than merely preparatory” step towards the commission of the offence itself.

The Law Commission’s paper looked carefully at both these areas of criminal law and invited responses on its proposals to reform the current law

Response by the Council of Her Majesty’s Circuit Judges