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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, in Northern Irelandmarker, in the Republic of Irelandmarker, and in New South Walesmarker. In each of these cases it has been replaced by a statutory offence.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 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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