Joint Enterprise

Inquiry status: Report published

The Justice Committee held a brief inquiry into the issues around Joint Enterprise in England and Wales.

Joint Enterprise, or secondary liability is a common law doctrine which allows a number of people to be charged and convicted for the same offence.

The inquiry seeks to answer the following questions:

  • How often and in what types of cases is joint enterprise used? 
  • Has the use of joint enterprise in charging defendants changed in recent years?
  • What would be the advantages and disadvantages of enshrining the doctrine in legislation?
  • What would be the impact of implementing the Law Commission’s proposals as set out in Participating in Crime? (LawCom 305, CM7084 2007)

Evidence sessions were taken on 25 October and 1 November 2011.

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