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When Business Kills by Lucy Jones, Sarah Field

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CHAPTER 2

Criminal Legislation

The Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007

The majority of countries allow corporate bodies to be held accountable for homicide under general criminal law but the United Kingdom is one of the few jurisdictions1 to have created a specific corporate homicide offense. The Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act (CMCHA) came into force on 6 April 20082 (with the exception of the provision relating to liability for death in custodial institutions which was brought into force on September 1 2011).3 The offense was designed to secure a conviction of an organization, whether small family business, large multinational company or public body, for a criminal offense that properly reflected the seriousness ...

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