Law Commission And Misconduct in Public Office
Status: We will commence work on this project early in 2014. We aim to open a consultation in early 2015 and produce our final report in summer 2016
Misconduct in public office is a common law offence but there is no exhaustive definition. As a result the boundaries of the offence are uncertain and despite there being relatively few prosecutions each year a disproportionately high number of those cases are the subject of appeal.
In 2010 the Committee on the Issue of Privilege (Police Searches on the Parliamentary Estate) recommended that the Law Commission revisit its 1997 proposal to create a statutory offence.