Abolishing the Common Law Offence of Keeping a Disorderly House

  •  Graham S McBain    


Our criminal law should be clear, intelligible and unified. In order to achieve this old common law crimes which have been super ceded, should be repealed.

The crime of keeping a disorderly house, from medieval times, was used to suppress bawdy houses (brothels) on the basis of their being a common (that is, a public) nuisance. This common law crime has now been super ceded by legislation and it should be abolished.

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