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Compounding a felony was an offence under the common law of England and was classified as a misdemeanour. It consisted of a prosecutor or victim of an offence accepting money or money's worth in exchange for dropping a prosecution for a felony.

It has been abolished in England and Wales,[1] in Northern Ireland,[2] in the Republic of Ireland,[3] and in New South Wales.[4] In each of these cases it has been replaced by a statutory offence.


  1. ^ The Criminal Law Act 1967 (c.58), section 5(5)
  2. ^ The Criminal Law Act (Northern Ireland) 1967 (c.18) (N.I.), section 5(5)
  3. ^ The Criminal Law Act 1997 (No.14), section 8(3)
  4. ^ The Crimes Act 1900, section 341 [1]

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