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English Law Commission Consultation on Misconduct in Public Office

Earlier this month, the English Law Commission released a consultation paper on Misconduct in Public Office.According to the project description: Misconduct in public office is a common law offence: it is not defined in any statute. It carries a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. The offence requires that: a public officer acting as such; wilfully neglects to perform his or her duty and/or wilfully misconducts him or herself; to such a degree as to amount to an abuse of the public’s trust in the office holder; without reasonable excuse or justification.
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