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The current law concerning non-fatal offences comes from the Offences Against the Person Act
(eighteen sixty one). This particular statute has been criticised as being in need of reform, and
therefore not currently in a satisfactory state.

The recommendations for reform have been made by both the Criminal Law Revision…

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understanding. However, it is only because of judicial development that "bodily harm" has been
interpreted in this way. The law would be much more clearer, and more satisfactory, if the law was
re-written and wrote more clearly. Judges have also had to adapt the law to modern knowledge in
this…

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