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Criminal Justice Act, 1999

Abolition of “year and a day” rule.

38.—(1) In this section, “the ‘year and a day’ rule” means the rule of law that an act or omission is conclusively presumed not to have caused a person's death if more than a year and a day elapsed between the act or omission and the death.

(2) The “year and a day” rule is hereby abolished for all purposes, including—

(a) for the purposes of offences involving the death of a person, and

(b) for the purpose of determining whether a person committed suicide.

(3) Subsection (2) does not affect the continued application of the “year and a day” rule to any case where the act or omission, or the last of the acts or omissions, that caused the death occurred before the day on which this Act is passed.