Section 341 of the Crimes Act 1900 is Certain Common Law Offences Abolished and is extracted below.
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Section 341 of the Crimes Act 1900 deals with the offence of ‘Certain Common Law Offences Abolished’ and reads as follows:
341 Certain Common Law Offences Abolished
The following offences at common law are abolished:
• the offence of perverting the course of justice,
• the offence of attempting or conspiring to pervert the course of justice,
• the offence of falsely accusing a person of a crime or of procuring a person to falsely accuse a person of a crime,
• the offence of concealing evidence so that a person is falsely accused of a crime,
• the offence of attempting to pervert the course of justice by assisting a person to avoid arrest,
• the offence of persuading a person to make a false statement to police to mislead them in their investigation,
• the offence of procuring a person to make a false accusation,
• the offence of misprision of felony,
• the offence of compounding a felony,
• the offence of dissuading, intimidating or preventing, or attempting to dissuade, intimidate or prevent, a person who is bound to give evidence in a criminal matter from doing so,
• the offence of using threats or persuasion to witnesses to induce them not to appear or give evidence in courts of justice,
• the offence of perjury,
• the offence of embracery (attempting to corrupt, influence or instruct a jury or to induce a jury to favour one side more than the other),
• personating a juror.
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