Suicide Act

Suicide Act

A 1961 Act of Parliament (9 & 10 Eliz.2 c.60) which decriminalises suicide.
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SUICIDE was decrimi-nalised in the UK by the 1961 Suicide Act.
The Suicide Act of 1961 states that assisting suicide is punishable by 14 years imprisonment.
Mr Hedley said Mr Cross had "arguably committed an offence" under Section 2 of the Suicide Act by making arrangements for an assisted suicide, which carries a maximum 14-year penalty.
The particulars of the offence were that on a day between May 20 and June 7, 2002, at Eastbourne, Gillies aided, abetted, counselled or procured the suicide of Michael Gooden, contrary to the Suicide Act 1961.
Although a handful of people have been arrested, no relative or friend of the more than 100 UK citizens who have gone abroad to the Swiss Dignitas clinics has been prosecuted under the 1961 Suicide Act so far.
Mr Kelly, from north Cornwall, who lost his son, Simon, 18, in 2001 to a website-related suicide, said the 1961 Suicide Act was inadequate.
To seek to build into the law an exemption for those judged to be incapable of committing suicide would seriously undermine the protection of life which the 1961 Suicide Act was intended to safeguard and greatly increase the risk of abuse,' they said.
Under the UK's Suicide Act 1961, the crime of helping someone else to die carries a maximum penalty of 14 years imprisonment, but in Switzerland it is not illegal if the individuals concerned act from honourable motives, such as ending suffering.
At an earlier hearing, Dane admitted a charge under the Suicide Act 1961 of aiding and abetting the suicide of his brother.
He was questioned about possible breaches of the 1961 Suicide Act which makes it an offence to abet, counsel or procure someone else's suicide.
The Labour MP for Birkenhead described how he visited the elderly woman in hospital, expecting to be asked to obtain drugs that would put a stop to her suffering In doing so, he would have left himself open to a charge of contravening the 1971 Suicide Act, an offence which carries a maximum 14-year prison sentence.