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Criminal Law ConcentrateLaw Revision and Study Guide

Criminal Law Concentrate: Law Revision and Study Guide (7th edn)

Jonathan Herring
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date: 26 March 2023

p. 1069. Inchoate offenceslocked

p. 1069. Inchoate offenceslocked

  • Jonathan HerringJonathan HerringProfessor of Law, Exeter College, University of Oxford


Each Concentrate revision guide is packed with essential information, key cases, revision tips, exam Q&As, and more. Concentrates show you what to expect in a law exam, what examiners are looking for, and how to achieve extra marks. This chapter discusses inchoate offences. Inchoate offences are where the full offence is not completed. The reason that the law fixes liability on defendants who have not fulfilled the full offence is to punish those who are willing to be involved in criminality even where the full offence is not, for one reason or another, completed. The law governing all inchoate offences is in a state of flux; the common law offence of incitement was replaced with new offences under the Serious Crime Act 2007. The law governing conspiracy and attempts was the subject of a Law Commission Report in December 2009.

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