Abstract

From the mid-sixteenth century many attempts were made to codify English criminal law against the concerted opposition of the legal profession and the bench. These efforts culminated in 1880 with the introduction in the Imperial Parliament of a criminal code bill. Like all previous initiatives, it failed. Eleven years later Sir John Thompson introduced a similar bill in the Canadian Parliament. His tactics in piloting the bill through the Commons were so effective that in the next session the Canadian Criminal Code was enacted, and Parliament, not the bench, became the focus of change in the criminal law.

Abstract:

On constate maintes tentatives, dès le milieu du seizième siècle, de codifier le droit criminel d’Angleterre malgré l’opposition concertée des hommes de loi et des magistrats. Le point culminant de ces efforts fut le dépôt en 1880 au Parlement impérial d’un projet de loi portant sur le Code criminel. Comme toute initiative antérieure, il échoua. Onze ans plus tard Sir John Thompson déposa au Parlement du Canada un projet de loi semblable. Sa tactique pour assurer le passage du project de loi fut si efficace que le Code criminel du Canada fut arrêté dès la prochaine séance, de sorte que le Parlement, plutôt que les magistrats, devint le creuset de toute modification du droit criminel.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1911-0251
Print ISSN
0021-9495
Pages
pp. 26-43
Launched on MUSE
2018-10-03
Open Access
No
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