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 +Perverting The Course Of Justice
 +Doing an act tending and intending to pervert the course of public justice[1] is an offence under the common law of England and Wales.
 +Perverting the course of justice can be any of three acts:
 +Fabricating or disposing of evidence
 +Intimidating or threatening a witness or juror
 +Intimidating or threatening a judge
 +Also criminal are:
 +conspiring with another to pervert the course of justice, and
 +intending to pervert the course of justice
 +This offence, and the subject matter of the related forms of criminal conspiracy, have been referred to as:
 +Perverting the course of justice
 +Interfering with the administration of justice
 +Obstructing the administration of justice
 +Obstructing the course of justice
 +Defeating the due course of justice
 +Defeating the ends of justice
 +Effecting a public mischief[2]
 +This proliferation of alternative names is "​somewhat confusing"​.[3]
 +This offence is also sometimes referred to as "​attempting to pervert the course of justice"​. This is potentially misleading. An attempt to pervert the course of justice is a substantive common law offence and not an inchoate offence. It is not a form of the offence of attempt, and it would be erroneous to charge it as being contrary to section 1(1) of the Criminal Attempts Act 1981.[4]
 +This offence is triable only on indictment.[5]
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