Joint Enterprise and the law
Joint enterprise is a common law doctrine where an individual can be jointly convicted of the crime of another, if the court decides they foresaw that the other party was likely to commit that crime
Joint Enterprise? I’m confused
Joint enterprise is a real concern for us all! it’s that grey area of crime that a lot of people simply do not understand. Most of us find it hard to understand simple day to day laws, such as stop and search.
It is vital that every young person understands the law around Joint Enterprise as the consequences can have massive impacts on their lives.
There are many young people in the prison system right now that are still not aware of the law around their sentencing. For some of these young people, it was as simple as knowing that an incident was taking place or having a text message on a phone that has lead them to fall under the statute of Joint Enterprise.
Part of our mission is to make every parent and child aware of the law of Joint Enterprise. This information is as important as any other awareness that they need to live a safe and secure life. This can only be done by educating young people by inviting talks and interactive lessons that specifically address this grey area.
The challenge we are having now for a lot of young people and families is the simplicity of falling into this category.
We will be adding more links for parents, and young people to find the right resources.
What is Joint Enterprise?
The law is clear and unforgiving – if your presence, knowledge or actions leadto a serious crime such as murder you too could be charged with murder.• This is referred to in law as ‘joint enterprise’.• This means that it’s not just the person who uses the knife or gun that could be charged with murder.It could be anyone who was with them, or knew or did something which led to it happening.• If you weren’t charged with murder, you could be charged with other offences, such as aiding and abetting.
Can I be charged with joint enterprise?
No, joint enterprise is not a law itself, but means that all those involved in a serious crime such as murder can be charged with the main offence regardless of their role.
What would happen if I was charged with murder?
You could serve a life sentence if found guilty of murder.If you carry a knife you could go to prison for up to four years.If you carry a gun you could go to prison for up to five years.
How do I avoid the risk of being charged under joint enterprise?
Think about who you are with and what they are planning to do.The advice is simple: Don’t carry weapons, know who your friendsare and make positive decisions. Remember:• Company – think about who you are with• Choices – it is up to you to make the right choice• Consequences – if you stay involved with something that leads to a serious crime, you could be arrested and charged
It was a role taken on mainly by women (mothers, sisters, aunties and cousins but also heartbroken dads and uncles) who will not rest while their loved ones are serving mandatory life sentences for crimes committed by others.