Non-Fatal Offences Against the Person - Criticisms and Reforms
Act written in 1861 - Rosenberg said the Act was "out of date when it was passed"
Has been necessary for judges to manipulate it often in order to do justice in individual cases
Home Office Report 1998 indicated the Act was used over 80000 times a year, but despite this, reforms suggested by the Home Office over 10 years ago have yet to be implemented
Ashworth: Act is "unprincipled (and) expressed in unhelpful language"
Considering all of thses points, although there are also a number of positive aspects to the current law, it is not difficult to support the suggestion that the law on non-fatal offences is unsatisfactory and in need of reform