December 4th, 2020 by James Goudie KC

A 118 page Law Commission Report, No. 397, with 22 Recommendations, recommends substantive and procedural reform of the common law offence of misconduct in public office, which operates in parallel with the tort of misfeasance in public office. The Report proposes two replacement offences, not to be applicable to the provision of education and health services. They are “ corruption in public office”, with a test of what a reasonable person will think is “ seriously improper”; and “ breach of duty in public office”, to prevent death or serious injury. The Report also recommends a statutory list, to be capable of amendment by SI, of positions that constitute “ public office”, to which a functional test would be applied.

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