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Breach of the Peace

Pamela R. Ferguson


What do the following behaviours have in common: shouting and swearing, painting graffiti, killing a fox by kicking it, glue-sniffing, cross-dressing in public, dangerous driving, discharging a fire-arm, engaging in a roof-top prison protest, throwing a lit firework in a bus, attempting to commit suicide, making threatening gestures, and kerb crawling? Incredibly, each of these behaviours has been successfully prosecuted in Scotland as the crime of ‘breach of the peace’. This book describes and critiques this commonly prosecuted crime. The author traces the development of the crime from the mi ... More

Keywords: Crime, Criminal law, Criminalisation, Public order, Scottish, Harm principle, Offensive behaviour

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9781845861490
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781845861490.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Pamela R. Ferguson, author
University of Dundee