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Part 11SFixed penalties

Offences to which this Part appliesS

128Fixed penalty offencesS

(1)For the purposes of this Part “fixed penalty offence” means—

(a)an offence under an enactment mentioned in the first column in Part 1 of the following table and described, in general terms, in the second column in that Part;

(b)an offence created in subordinate legislation made under an enactment mentioned in the first column in Part 2 of the table which is of the general description mentioned in the second column in that Part; and

(c)a common law offence mentioned in Part 3 of the table.

Table
Part 1
EnactmentDescription of offence
[F1Section 115 of the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 (asp 16)Disorderly conduct while drunk in licensed premises and other relevant premises
Section 116 of the Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 (asp 16)Refusing to leave licensed and other relevant premises on being requested to do so]
Section 47 of the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 (c. 45)Urinating or defecating in circumstances causing annoyance to others
Section 50(1) of the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 (c. 45)Being drunk and incapable in a public place
Section 50(2) of the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 (c. 45)Being drunk in a public place in charge of a child
Section 54(1) of the Civic Government (Scotland) Act 1982 (c. 45)Persisting, to annoyance of others, in playing musical instruments, singing, playing radios etc. on being required to stop
Section 52(1) of the Criminal Law (Consolidation) (Scotland) Act 1995 (c. 39)Vandalism
F2. . .F2. . .
Part 2
EnactmentDescription of offence
Sections 201 and 203 of the Local Government (Scotland) Act 1973 (c. 65)Consuming alcoholic liquor in a publicPlace
Part 3
Common law offence
Breach of the peace
Malicious mischief

(2)The Scottish Ministers may by order—

(a)amend an entry in the table;

(b)add an entry to the table;

(c)remove an entry from the table.

(3)An order under subsection (2) may make such amendment of any provision of this Part as the Scottish Ministers consider appropriate in consequence of any amendment of, or addition to or removal from, the table made by the order.

Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

F1Entries in s. 128 Table Pt. 1 substituted (5.00 a.m. on 1.9.2009 with effect as mentioned in art. 1(2) of the amending S.S.I.) by The Licensing (Scotland) Act 2005 (Consequential Provisions) Order 2009 (S.S.I. 2009/248), arts. 1(1), 2(1), Sch. 1 para. 10

Fixed penalty notices and penaltiesS

129Fixed penalty noticesS

(1)A constable who has reason to believe that a person aged 16 or over has committed a fixed penalty offence in a prescribed area may give the person a fixed penalty notice in respect of the offence.

(2)In subsection (1)—

130Amount of fixed penalty and form of fixed penalty noticeS

(1)Subject to subsection (2), the penalty payable in respect of a fixed penalty offence is such amount as the Scottish Ministers may specify by order.

(2)The Scottish Ministers may not specify an amount exceeding level 2 on the standard scale.

(3)A fixed penalty notice shall—

(a)state the alleged offence;

(b)give such particulars of the circumstances alleged to constitute the offence as are necessary to provide reasonable information about it;

(c)state the amount of the fixed penalty;

(d)state the clerk of the [F3justice of the peace court] to whom, and the address at which, the fixed penalty may be paid;

(e)inform the person to whom it is given of the right to ask to be tried for the alleged offence and explain how that right may be exercised; and

(f)include such other information as the Scottish Ministers may by order prescribe.

Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

F3Words in s. 130(3)(d) substituted (for specified purposes at 10.3.2008, 2.6.2008, 8.12.2008, 23.2.2009 and 14.12.2009, and otherwise 22.2.2010) by Criminal Proceedings etc. (Reform) (Scotland) Act 2007 (asp 6), ss. 80, 84, Sch. para. 32(b); S.S.I. 2008/42, art. 3, Sch. (with arts. 4-6); S.S.I. 2008/192, art. 3, Sch; S.S.I. 2008/329, art. 3, Sch; S.S.I. 2008/362, art. 3, Sch.; S.S.I. 2009/432, art. 3, Schs. 1, 2

131Effect of fixed penalty noticeS

(1)This section applies if a fixed penalty notice is given to a person (“A”) under section 129.

(2)Subject to subsection (3), proceedings may not be brought against A.

(3)If A asks to be tried for the alleged offence, proceedings may be brought against A.

(4)Such a request shall be made by a notice given by A—

(a)in the manner specified in the fixed penalty notice; and

(b)before the end of the period of 28 days beginning with the day on which the notice is given.

(5)If, by the end of the period mentioned in paragraph (b) of subsection (4)—

(a)the fixed penalty has not been paid in accordance with this Part; and

(b)A has not made a request in accordance with that subsection,

then A is liable to pay to the clerk of the [F4justice of the peace court] specified in the fixed penalty notice a sum equal to one and a half times the amount of the fixed penalty.

(6)A sum for which A is liable by virtue of subsection (5) shall be treated as if it were a fine imposed by the [F4justice of the peace court] specified in the fixed penalty notice.

Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

F4Words in s. 131(5)(6) substituted (for specified purposes at 10.3.2008, 2.6.2008, 8.12.2008, 23.2.2009 and 14.12.2009, and otherwise 22.2.2010) by Criminal Proceedings etc. (Reform) (Scotland) Act 2007 (asp 6), ss. 80, 84, Sch. para. 32(b); S.S.I. 2008/42, art. 3, Sch. (with arts. 4-6); S.S.I. 2008/192, art. 3, Sch; S.S.I. 2008/329, art. 3, Sch; S.S.I. 2008/362, art. 3, Sch.; S.S.I. 2009/432, art. 3, Schs. 1, 2

132Payment of fixed penaltyS

(1)The fixed penalty stated in a fixed penalty notice is payable to the clerk of the [F5justice of the peace court] specified in the notice.

(2)Payment of the penalty may be made by properly addressing, pre-paying and posting a letter containing the amount of the penalty (in cash or otherwise).

(3)Subsection (4) applies if a person—

(a)claims to have made payment in accordance with subsection (2); and

(b)shows that a letter was posted.

(4)Unless the contrary is proved, payment is to be regarded as being made at the time at which the letter would be delivered in the ordinary course of post.

(5)Subsection (2) is not to be read as preventing the payment of a penalty by other means.

(6)F6. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

(7)A letter is properly addressed for the purposes of subsection (2) if it is addressed in accordance with the requirements specified in the fixed penalty notice.

Annotations:

Amendments (Textual)

F5Words in s. 132(1) substituted (for specified purposes at 10.3.2008, 2.6.2008, 8.12.2008, 23.2.2009 and 14.12.2009, and otherwise 22.2.2010) by Criminal Proceedings etc. (Reform) (Scotland) Act 2007 (asp 6), ss. 80, 84, Sch. para. 32(b); S.S.I. 2008/42, art. 3, Sch. (with arts. 4-6); S.S.I. 2008/192, art. 3, Sch; S.S.I. 2008/329, art. 3, Sch; S.S.I. 2008/362, art. 3, Sch.; S.S.I. 2009/432, art. 3, Schs. 1, 2

F6S. 132(6) repealed (for specified purposes at 10.3.2008, 2.6.2008, 8.12.2008, 23.2.2009 and 14.12.2009, and otherwise 22.2.2010) by Criminal Proceedings etc. (Reform) (Scotland) Act 2007 (asp 6), ss. 80, 84, Sch. para. 32(c); S.S.I. 2008/42, art. 3, Sch. (with arts. 4-6); S.S.I. 2008/192, art. 3, Sch; S.S.I. 2008/329, art. 3, Sch; S.S.I. 2008/362, art. 3, Sch.; S.S.I. 2009/432, art. 3, Schs. 1, 2

Revocation of fixed penalty noticesS

133Revocation of fixed penalty noticesS

(1)If—

(a)a fixed penalty notice is given to a person under section 129; and

(b)a constable determines that either of the conditions mentioned in subsection (2) is satisfied,

the constable may revoke the notice.

(2)Those conditions are—

(a)that the offence to which the fixed penalty notice relates was not committed; and

(b)that the notice ought not to have been issued to the person named as the person to whom it was issued.

(3)Where a fixed penalty notice is revoked—

(a)no amount shall be payable by way of fixed penalty in pursuance of that notice; and

(b)any amount paid by way of fixed penalty in pursuance of that notice shall be repaid to the person who paid it.

InterpretationS

134Interpretation of Part 11S

In this Part—