|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Long title:||An Act to amend the Laws relating to Offences against the Person.|
|Statute book chapter:||7 Will.4 & 1 Vict. c.85|
|Territorial extent:||England and Wales and Ireland|
|Royal Assent:||17 July 1837|
|Commencement:||1 October 1837|
|Repeal date:||1 November 1861|
|Repealing legislation:||Criminal Statutes Repeal Act 1861 (24 & 25 Vict. c.95), s.1 & Sch.|
The Offences against the Person Act 1837 (7 Will.4 & 1 Vict. c.85) was an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. It reformed the law relating to offences against the person.
It repealed a number of offences under the Offences against the Person Act 1828 and the corresponding Irish Act (10 Geo.4 c.34) and re-enacted them in different terms.
Section 4 replaced section 12 of the 1828 Act and abolished the death penalty for shooting, stabbing, cutting or wounding with intent.
Section 6 replaced sction 13 of the 1828 Act and abolished the death penalty for post-quickening abortions. Unlike the previous Act, this provision made no distinction between pre- and post- quickening abortions.
The Act has been wholly replaced by the Offences against the Person Act 1861.
- The Offences against the Person Act 1837, as originally enacted, The Statutes at Large, 1837, (from Google Book Search)