Forgery Act 1837
|Long title||An Act to abolish the Punishment of Death in Cases of Forgery.|
|Citation||7 Will 4 & 1 Vict c 84|
|Royal assent||17 July 1837|
|Commencement||1 October 1837|
|Text of statute as originally enacted|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.
The preamble referred to the following Acts:
- Forgery Act 1830 (1 Will 4 c 66)
- 2 & 3 Will 4 c 59
- Forgery, Abolition of Punishment of Death Act 1832 (2 & 3 Will 4 c 123)
- 2 & 3 Will 4 c 125
- 5 & 6 Will 4 c 45
- 5 & 6 Will 4 c 51
- 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.
- 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.
- The Forgery Act 1837, section 5