This chapter will consider the law on accessories. An accessory, or accomplice, is a person who helps or encourages another to commit an offence. Most legal systems accept that the reach of the criminal law can extend beyond those who actually commit the harm, to those who assist or encourage the causing of harm. However, there is much debate over the basis for doing so. Indeed for English criminal lawyers the theoretical basis for liability for accomplices has been blown open with the new offences in the Serious Crimes Act 2007 and the publication of two Law Commission Reports recommending widespread reform of the law.
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