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25 November 2016

‘This House would abolish the doctrine of Joint Enterprise’

This is the motion for this year's Gepp & Sons Schools Legal Debate 2016, which will be held at Anglia Ruskin University, Chelmsford from 6:30pm on Wednesday 9th November 2016.

This year’s event involves 8 teams, with the debate being judged by prominent members of our community.

Joint Enterprise, also known as Common Purpose, is a legal doctrine that imputes criminal liability to the participants in a criminal enterprise for all that results from that enterprise. With a series of controversial cases stretching from R v Osborne and Swindall in 1846, the doctrine came under scrutiny earlier this year following a joint ruling of the Supreme Court and Judicial Committee of the Privy Council in R v Jogee. It has been argued that this recent case shows that the law on Joint Enterprise took a 'wrong turn' three decades ago.

If you would like further information on the event or wish to attend in support of one of the eight schools please email debate@gepp.co.uk