7 Principles of Public Life.

The Seven Principles of Public Life i.e. in Public Office.


standards in public office life uk

I would strongly suggest you also read The Seven Principles of Public Life, i.e.

in Public Office, meaning you and all Public Servants whom serve the Public

and how to treat and behave and interact with the public. i.e. people.
1) Selflessness:

Holders of public office should take decisions solely in terms of the public interest.

They should not do so in order to gain financial or other material benefits for themselves,

their family, or their friends.
2) Integrity:

Holders of public office should not place themselves under any financial or other obligation

to outside individuals or organisations that might influence them in the performance of

their official duties.
3) Objectivity:

In carrying out public business, including making public appointments, awarding contracts,

or recommending individuals for rewards and benefits, holders of public office should make

choices on merit.
4) Accountability:

Holders of public office are accountable for their decisions and actions to the

public and must submit themselves to whatever scrutiny is appropriate to their office.
5) Openness:

Holders of public office should be as open as possible about all the decisions and actions

that they take. They should give reasons for their decisions and not restrict information

when one or the wider public interest clearly demands.
6) Honesty:

Holders of public office have a duty to declare any private interests relating to their public

duties and to take steps to resolve any conflicts arising in a way that protects the public

7) Leadership:

Holders of public office should promote and support these principles by leadership and


The Seven Principles of Public Life i.e. in Public Office.

Corruption or Misconduct in public office is a Common Law Offence.

and is punishable with Unlimited fines and including LIFE in Prison.

The elements of misconduct in public office are:

A) A public officer acting as such.

B) Wilfully neglects to perform his/her duty and/or wilfully misconducts himself/herself.

C) To such a degree as to amount to an abuse of the public’s trust in the office holder.

D) Without reasonable excuse or justification.


Court stated as follows :

Should be strictly confined to develop the point constitutes a public office.

So who holds a public office and as a result can be guilty of this offence.

Reach of duty by the officer, which is wilful and which is such that the conduct is an affront

to the standing of the public office held. “those who hold public office carry out their

duties for the benefit of the public as a whole and, if they abuse their office, there is

a breach of the public’s trust”┬áLike perverting the course of justice, misconduct in public office covers a wide range

of conduct.

It should always be remembered that it is a very serious common law offence,

indictable only offence carrying a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. A charge

of misconduct in public office should be the same for cases of serious misconduct

or deliberate failure to perform a duty which is likely to injure, harm, loss, fraud to

the public interest in anyway.


A common law offence of ‘misconduct in a public office’ exists at present day, and to

this day this and all other countries that are under the common law jurisdiction you are then,

thus required to uphold the common law as no one is above this law as the Oaths you take

and any areas of a Public Severing Office you are all Duty Bound.



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