The Benefit of Clergy Act 1575
(18 Eliz. I c.7), full title An Act to take away clergy from the offenders in rape and burglary, and an order for the delivery of clerks convict without purgation
, was an Act of Parliament
of the Parliament of England
enacted during the reign of Elizabeth I
and repealed in 1828.
It provided that if any person was found guilty of rape or burglary, they would suffer the death penalty as normal in felony cases, without being permitted the benefit of clergy.
The Act was repealed by the Offences Against the Person (England) Act 1828 and the Criminal Law (India) Act 1828.
- Select statutes and other constitutional documents illustrative of the reigns of Elizabeth and James I, ed. by G. W. Prothero. Oxford University Press, 1913. Fourth edition.
- Chronological table of the statutes; HMSO, London. 1993.