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The law

In England, Wales and Northern Ireland, assisting a suicide is a crime. Those convicted could face up to 14 years in prison. There is no specific crime of assisting a suicide in Scotland. But it is possible that helping a person to die could lead to prosecution for culpable homicide.

I just want to say a word about the current law, which puts families in the most invidious position... if someone acts out of absolute compassion, they are still left with their home being declared a crime scene and with a police investigation...That is surely an intolerable position.

Norman Lamb
Liberal Democrat MP