Benefit of Clergy Act 1402

The Benefit of Clergy Act 1402 (4 Hen. 4. c. 3) was an Act passed during the reign of Henry IV of England by the Parliament of England.[1] It abolished compurgation for high treason and theft.

Benefit of Clergy Act 1402
Act of Parliament
Long titleAn Act for confirming the Liberties of the Church and Clergy.
Citation4 Hen. 4. c. 3
Territorial extent 
Royal assent25 November 1402
Text of statute as originally enacted

See also



  1. ^ Tomlins, Thomas Edlyne; Raithby, John (1811). Benefit of Clergy Act 1402 [4 Hen. IV. - A.D. 1402 Chapter III]. The Statutes at Large, of England and of Great Britain: from Magna Carta to the Union of the Kingdoms of Great Britain and Ireland. Vol. II. London, Great Britain: George Eyre and Andrew Strahan. p. 238. OCLC 1110419501 – via Internet Archive.