Peel's Acts

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Peel's Acts (as they are commonly known) were Acts of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. They consolidated provisions from a large number of earlier statutes which were then repealed. Their purpose was to simplify the criminal law. The term refers to the Home Secretary who sponsored them, Sir Robert Peel. There were two separate sets of broadly identical Acts for England and Ireland respectively.

The Acts were the product of a failed[1] attempt to codify the criminal law. They were replaced by the criminal law consolidation Acts 1861.


The first four Acts on this list consolidated 316 Acts, representing almost four-fifths of all offences.[2]


The Criminal Statutes Repeal Act 1827 (7 & 8 Geo.4 c.27)
The Larceny Act 1827 (7 & 8 Geo.4 c.29) (92 statutes)
The Malicious Injuries to Property Act 1827 (7 & 8 Geo.4 c.30) (48 statutes)
The Offences against the Person Act 1828 (9 Geo.4 c.31) (56 statutes)
The Forgery Act 1830 (11 Geo.4 & 1 Will.4 c.66) (120 statutes)

(The following Act was sponsored (according to by Earl Grey and may or may not qualify for inclusion)

The Coinage Offences Act 1832 (2 & 3 Will.4 c.34)


(Repeals) (9 Geo.4 c.53)
(Larceny) (9 Geo.4 c.55)
(Malicious Injuries to Property)(9 Geo.4 c.56)
10 Geo 4 c 34,[3] sometimes referred to as the Offences against the Person (Ireland) Act 1829[4][5] and as the Offences against the Person Act (Ireland) 1829[6][7]


  1. ^ No Criminal Code was passed
  2. ^ JRANK
  3. ^ Google Books
  4. ^ Turner (editor). Russell on Crime. Twelfth Edition. Stevens. 1964. Volume I. Page cxxxiv.
  5. ^ The Irish Jurist, 1968, vol 3, p 150 Google Books
  6. ^ R v Brown [1994] 1 AC 212 at 248, (1993) 157 JP 360, HL, per Lord Lowry BALII
  7. ^ 86 Journal of the House of Commons 165