The Expert Group on Codification of the Substantive Criminal Law was established by the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform in December 2002, following a commitment in the Programme for Government to codify the criminal law into a single Crimes Act. This Act would deal with homicide, violence, property offences, dishonesty, corruption, public order, arrest, criminal procedure and court jurisdiction, sentencing procedure and policies, and the defences to a criminal charge.

This report sets out the overall style and structure of a criminal code and recommends a phased approach, involving restatement, consolidation and reform of the law.

Codifying the Criminal Law (PDF – 631KB)