Crimes Act 1961

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41 Prevention of suicide or certain offences


Every one is justified in using such force as may be reasonably necessary in order to prevent the commission of suicide, or the commission of an offence which would be likely to cause immediate and serious injury to the person or property of any one, or in order to prevent any act being done which he or she believes, on reasonable grounds, would, if committed, amount to suicide or to any such offence.


This section is subject to section 37 of the End of Life Choice Act 2019.

Compare: 1908 No 32 s 72

Section 41(2): inserted, on 6 November 2021, by section 41 of the End of Life Choice Act 2019 (2019 No 67).