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Update on Joint Enterprise

Undergraduate Laws Blog

suprme-court_small The Supreme Court in the UK

Professor William Wilson, Module Convenor for Criminal law, comments on the recent retrial in the Jogee case.

Students on the Undergraduate Laws Programme have heard a lot from me this year about the case of Jogee, in which the Supreme Court in January 2016 decided that the law relating to joint enterprise liability was contrary to principle. There has been a considerable reaction from the professions and the academic world about this case, most of it positive. The importance of Jogee is that it abolishes the rule that as a matter of law, in joint enterprise cases, the basis of liability is contemplation rather than intention. For example A, B and C are indicted for the murder of V, who was shot by C in the course of a joint enterprise to commit burglary on V’s house. For A and B to be…

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