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Collapsing specific to generic offences

Comment 10th July 2010

It seems to me that causing death or serious injury have too many different offences attached. In particular, vehicle incidents appear not to value human life in the same way as a bar room brawl of gang vendeta. Though the offence may vary, the effect on the victim is the same. It seems to me that a victim-centric approach might simplify matters. GBH or manslaughter is the same however effected. The culpability should be a matter of legal, not executive, judgement.

I believe that there are far too many detailed and specific offences that could be collapsed for to generics, with the statement of the facts of the case being used in the judgement.

Why does this matter?

Because the executive have attempted to micro-manage justice to the detriment of the legal process.

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