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An Act to abolish capital punishment in the case of persons convicted in Great Britain of murder or convicted of murder or a corresponding offence by court-martial and, in connection therewith, to make further provision for the punishment of persons so convicted.
[8th November 1965]
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(1)No person shall suffer death for murder, and a person convicted of murder shall F1. . . be sentenced to imprisonment for life.
(2)On sentencing any person convicted of murder to imprisonment for life the Court may at the same time declare the period which it recommends to the Secretary of State as the minimum period which in its view should elapse before the Secretary of State orders the release of that person on licence under section [F261 of the M1Criminal Justice Act 1967]
(3)For the purpose of any proceedings on or subsequent to a person’s trial on a charge of capital murder, that charge and any plea or finding of guilty of capital murder shall be treated as being or having been a charge, or a plea or finding of guilty, of murder only; and if at the commencement of this Act a person is under sentence of death for murder, the sentence shall have effect as a sentence of imprisonment for life.
(4)In the foregoing subsections any reference to murder shall include an offence of or corresponding to murder under section 70 of the M2Army Act 1955 or of the M3Air Force Act 1955 or under section 42 of the M4Naval Discipline Act 1957, and any reference to capital murder shall be construed accordingly; and in each of the said sections 70 there shall be inserted in subsection (3) after paragraph (a) as a new paragraph (aa)—
“(aa)if the corresponding civil offence is murder, be liable to imprisonment for life”.
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Modifications etc. (not altering text)
(1)This Act may be cited as the Murder (Abolition of Death Penalty) Act 1965.
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(3)This Act, except as regards courts-martial, shall not extend to Northern Ireland.
(4)This Act shall come into force on the day following that on which it is passed.
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