Forgery Act 1837

The Forgery Act 1837 (7 Will 4 & 1 Vict c 84) was an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It has been repealed.

The Forgery Act 1837[1]
Long titleAn Act to abolish the Punishment of Death in Cases of Forgery.
Citation7 Will 4 & 1 Vict c 84
Royal assent17 July 1837
Commencement1 October 1837[2]
Text of statute as originally enacted

Section 1 abolished the death penalty for the offences mentioned in the preamble. It provided instead that a person convicted of any of those offences was liable to be transported for life, or for a term not less than seven years, or to be imprisoned for a term not exceeding four years and not less than two years.

Section 3 provided that persons convicted of offences made punishable by imprisonment could be kept to hard labour and solitary confinement.

Section 4 provided that the Act did not affect the powers conferred by the 5 & 6 Will 4 c 38 or the 4 Geo 4 c 64.

This Act was retained for the Republic of Ireland by section 2 of, and Part 4 of Schedule 1 to, the Statute Law Revision Act 2007. It is still in force in that country.[3]

The preamble referred to the following Acts:

See alsoEdit


  • A Collection of the Public General Statutes Passed in the Seventh Year of the Reign of His Majesty King William the Fourth and the First Year of the Reign of Her Majesty Queen Victoria, 1837. Queen's Printer. Pages 489 to 494.
  1. ^ The citation of this Act by this short title was authorised by the Short Titles Act 1896, section 1 and first schedule. Due to the repeal of those provisions, it is now authorised by section 19(2) of the Interpretation Act 1978.
  2. ^ The Forgery Act 1837, section 5
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