First degree murder and complicity—conditions for parity of culpability between principal and accomplice

Criminal Law and Philosophy 1 (3):271-288 (2007)
Abstract
The Law Commission for England and Wales has published for consultation a proposal for an offence of first degree murder. A person found guilty of this offence whether as a principal or an accomplice will receive a mandatory sentence of life imprisonment. It is argued that the conditions for liability as an accomplice put forward by the Commission do not fulfil the Commission's aspiration for a "parity of culpability" between principals and accomplices. The discussion has general implications for the reform of complicity laws
Keywords First degree murder  Complicity in first degree murder  Responsibility  Culpability  Guilt
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