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PART 9 N.I.MISCELLANEOUS

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Bail: compassionate groundsN.I.

91  (1)  A person who—

(a)has been remanded in custody by a magistrates' court, and

(b)is for the time being held in custody,

may apply to the appropriate court for bail on compassionate grounds specified in the application.

(2) On an application under this section the appropriate court may grant bail.

(3) For the purposes of this section and section 92 a person is held in custody if that person is held in custody in a prison, young offenders' centre, juvenile justice centre or other institution.

(4) In this section “the appropriate court” means—

(a)the magistrates' court by which the person was remanded in custody; or

(b)a magistrates' court acting for the same county court division as that court.

Prospective

Bail: repeat applicationN.I.

92  (1)  This section applies where—

(a)a person has been remanded in custody by a magistrates' court and is held in custody;

(b)that person made an unsuccessful application for bail to that court; and

(c)there has been no such change of circumstances as would enable that court to hear another application for bail by that person.

(2) The person may apply to the Crown Court for bail.

(3) On an application under this section the Crown Court may grant bail.

Possession of offensive weapon with intent to commit an offenceN.I.

93  (1)  A person who is in possession of an offensive weapon with intent to commit an indictable offence is guilty of an offence.

(2) In subsection (1) “offensive weapon” means any article made or adapted for use for causing injury to the person, or intended by the person in possession of it for such use.

(3) A person guilty of an offence under subsection (1) shall be liable—

(a)on summary conviction, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months or to a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum, or to both;

(b)on conviction on indictment, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 4 years, or to a fine, or to both.

Power of Department to make payments in relation to prevention of crime, etc.N.I.

94  (1)  The Department may, with the consent of the Department of Finance and Personnel, make such payments to such persons as the Department considers appropriate in connection with measures intended to—

(a)prevent crime or reduce the fear of crime; or

(b)support the recovery of criminal assets and proceeds of crime.

(2) A payment under subsection (1) may be made on such conditions as the Department may, with the consent of the Department of Finance and Personnel, determine.

Prospective

Publication of material relating to legal proceedingsN.I.

95  (1)  In section 12(4) of the Administration of Justice Act 1960 (c. 65) (publication of information relating to proceedings in private) at the end insert “ (and in particular where the publication is not so punishable by reason of being authorised by rules of court) ”.

(2) In Article 12(3) of the Family Law (Northern Ireland) Order 1993 (NI 6) (family proceedings rules) after sub-paragraph (h) insert—

(i)authorise, for the purposes of the law relating to contempt of court, the publication in such circumstances as may be specified of information relating to family proceedings held in private..

(3) In Article 165(2) of the Children (Northern Ireland) Order 1995 (NI 2) (rules of court) after sub-paragraph (j) insert—

(k)authorising, for the purposes of the law relating to contempt of court, the publication in such circumstances as may be specified of information relating to family proceedings held in private..

(4) In Article 170(2) of the Children (Northern Ireland) Order 1995 (privacy for children involved in certain proceedings) after “publish” insert “ to the public at large or any section of the public ”.

Prospective

Membership of Crown Court Rules CommitteeN.I.

96  In section 53(1) of the Judicature (Northern Ireland) Act 1978 (c. 23) (Crown Court Rules Committee) in paragraph (g) for “one other” substitute “ a ” and after paragraph (i) insert—

(j)a Public Prosecutor nominated by the Director of Public Prosecutions for Northern Ireland;

(k)a practising member of the Bar of Northern Ireland or a practising solicitor nominated by the Attorney General for Northern Ireland,.

Prospective

Membership of Court of Judicature Rules CommitteeN.I.

97  (1)  In section 54(1) of the Judicature (Northern Ireland) Act 1978 (Court of Judicature Rules Committee) in paragraph (d) for “one other” substitute “ a ”, omit the “and” at the end of paragraph (e) and after paragraph (f) insert—

(g)the Attorney General for Northern Ireland or a practising member of the Bar of Northern Ireland or a practising solicitor nominated by the Attorney General for Northern Ireland,.

(2) In section 73(1) of the Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2002 (c. 26) omit the “and” at the end of the substituted paragraph (e) and after the substituted paragraph (f) insert—

(g)the Attorney General for Northern Ireland or a barrister or solicitor nominated by the Attorney General for Northern Ireland..

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Funds in court: investment fees or expensesN.I.

98  (1)  Section 81 of the Judicature (Northern Ireland) Act 1978 (investment of funds in court) is amended as follows.

(2) The existing provision becomes subsection (1) of that section.

(3) After that subsection insert—

(2) If the High Court or (as the case may be) the county court so orders, the power of the Accountant General under subsection (1)(a)(iii) or (iv) to invest a sum of money in the Court of Judicature or the county court in securities includes the power to pay out of that sum any fees or expenses which are—

(a)incurred in connection with, or for the purposes of, investing that sum; and

(b)of an amount or at a rate approved by the High Court or (as the case may be) the county court.

(3) A court shall not make an order under subsection (2) unless the court considers it necessary and proportionate in all the circumstances to do so.

(4) The High Court or (as the case may be) the county court may, on an application made to it, order that all or part of any sum paid by way of fees or expenses under subsection (2) be refunded where it appears to the court to be in the interests of justice to do so..

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Appeals from Crown Court: Proceeds of Crime Act 2002N.I.

99  In section 9 of the Criminal Appeal (Northern Ireland) Act 1980 (c. 47) (appeal in cases dealt with by Crown Court) after subsection (3B) insert—

(3C) A person who—

(a)is convicted of any offence by a magistrates' court, and

(b)is committed by that court to the Crown Court under section 218 of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 in respect of that offence,

may appeal to the Court of Appeal against any sentence passed on him for that offence by the Crown Court..

Prospective

Witness summons in magistrates' courtN.I.

100  (1)  For Article 118 of the Magistrates' Courts (Northern Ireland) Order 1981 (NI 26) and the italicised cross heading before it substitute—

Witnesses: proceedings other than criminal proceedingsN.I.

Summons to witness in proceedings (other than criminal proceedings) or warrant for arrest

118  (1)  Where in any proceedings other than criminal proceedings a magistrates' court is satisfied that any person is able to give material evidence or produce any document or thing before the court, the court may issue a summons directed to that person requiring him to attend before the court at the time and place appointed in the summons to give evidence or to produce the document or thing.

(2) Where a person fails to attend before a magistrates' court in answer to a summons under paragraph (1), if—

(a)the court is satisfied by evidence on oath that he is likely to be able to give material evidence or produce any document or thing likely to be material evidence in the proceedings; and

(b)it is proved on oath or by affidavit or in such other manner as may be prescribed that the summons was duly served on that person or that he is evading service and that he is able to give material evidence; and

(c)no just excuse has been shown for the failure to attend,

the court may issue a warrant to arrest that person and bring him before the court to testify and to produce such documents or things as may be required.

(3) Where a person is arrested on a warrant issued under this Article he shall be brought, as soon as practicable, before a magistrates' court which may, if desirable, discharge that person on his entering a recognizance to appear before that or any other magistrates' court at the time and place specified in the recognizance and, if necessary, to appear at every time and place to which during the proceedings the hearing may be adjourned.

Witnesses: criminal proceedingsN.I.

Issue of witness summons on application to magistrates' court

118A  (1)  This Article applies where a magistrates' court is satisfied that—

(a)a person is likely to be able to give evidence likely to be material evidence, or produce any document or thing likely to be material evidence, for the purpose of any criminal proceedings before the court, and

(b)it is in the interests of justice to issue a summons under this Article to secure the attendance of that person to give evidence or to produce the document or thing.

(2) In such a case the magistrates' court shall, subject to the following provisions of this Article, issue a summons (a witness summons) directed to the person concerned and requiring him to—

(a)attend before the magistrates' court at the time and place stated in the summons, and

(b)give the evidence or produce the document or thing.

(3) A witness summons may only be issued under this Article on an application; and the magistrates' court may refuse to issue the summons if any requirement relating to the application is not fulfilled.

(4) An application must be made as soon as is reasonably practicable.

(5) An application must be made in accordance with magistrates' courts rules.

(6) Magistrates' courts rules—

(a)may, in such cases as the rules may specify, require an application to be made by a party to the case;

(b)may, in such cases as the rules may specify, require the service of notice of an application on the person to whom the witness summons is proposed to be directed;

(c)may, in such cases as the rules may specify, require an application to be supported by an affidavit containing such matters as the rules may stipulate;

(d)may, in such cases as the rules may specify, make provision for enabling the person to whom the witness summons is proposed to be directed to be present or represented at the hearing of the application for the witness summons.

(7) Provision contained in magistrates' courts rules by virtue of paragraph (6)(c) may in particular require an affidavit to—

(a)set out any charge on which the proceedings concerned are based;

(b)specify any stipulated evidence, document or thing in such a way as to enable the directed person to identify it;

(c)specify grounds for believing that the directed person is likely to be able to give any stipulated evidence or produce any stipulated document or thing;

(d)specify grounds for believing that any stipulated evidence is likely to be material evidence;

(e)specify grounds for believing that any stipulated document or thing is likely to be material evidence.

(8) In paragraph (7)—

(a)references to any stipulated evidence, document or thing are to any evidence, document or thing whose giving or production is proposed to be required by the witness summons;

(b)references to the directed person are to the person to whom the witness summons is proposed to be directed.

Power to require advance production

118B  (1)  A witness summons which is issued under Article 118A and which requires a person to produce a document or thing as mentioned in Article 118A(2) may also require him to produce the document or thing—

(a)at a place stated in the summons, and

(b)at a time which is so stated and precedes that stated under Article 118A(2),

for inspection by the person applying for the summons.

(2) If—

(a)a document or thing is produced in pursuance of a requirement imposed by a witness summons under paragraph (1),

(b)the person applying for the summons concludes that a requirement imposed by the summons under Article 118A(2) is no longer needed, and

(c)he accordingly applies to the magistrates' court for a direction that the summons shall be of no further effect,

the court may direct accordingly.

(3) An application under paragraph (2) must be made in accordance with magistrates' courts rules.

(4) Magistrates' courts rules may, in such cases as the rules may specify, require the effect of a direction under paragraph (2) to be notified to the person to whom the summons is directed.

Application to make summons ineffective

118C  (1)  If a witness summons issued under Article 118A is directed to a person who—

(a)applies to the magistrates' court,

(b)satisfies the court that he was not served with notice of the application to issue the summons and that he was neither present nor represented at the hearing of the application, and

(c)satisfies the court that he cannot give any evidence likely to be material evidence or, as the case may be, produce any document or thing likely to be material evidence,

the court may direct that the summons shall be of no effect.

(2) For the purposes of paragraph (1) it is immaterial—

(a)whether or not magistrates' courts rules require the person to be served with notice of the application to issue the summons;

(b)whether or not magistrates' courts rules enable the person to be present or represented at the hearing of the application.

(3) In paragraph (1)(b) “served” means—

(a)served in accordance with magistrates' courts rules, in a case where such rules require the person to be served with notice of the application to issue the summons;

(b)served in such way as appears reasonable to the magistrates' court, in any other case.

(4) The magistrates' court may refuse to make a direction under this Article if any requirement relating to the application under this Article is not fulfilled.

(5) An application under this Article must be made in accordance with magistrates' courts rules.

(6) Magistrates' courts rules may, in such cases as the rules may specify, require the service of notice of an application under this Article on the person on whose application the witness summons was issued.

(7) Magistrates' courts rules may, in such cases as the rules may specify, require that where—

(a)a person applying under this Article can produce a particular document or thing, but

(b)he seeks to satisfy the court that the document or thing is not likely to be material evidence,

he must arrange for the document or thing to be available at the hearing of the application.

(8) Where a direction is made under this Article that a witness summons shall be of no effect, the person on whose application the summons was issued may be ordered to pay the whole or any part of the costs of the application under this Article.

Issue of witness summons of court's own motion

118D  (1)  For the purpose of any criminal proceedings before it, a magistrates' court may of its own motion issue a summons (a witness summons) directed to a person and requiring him to—

(a)attend before the court at the time and place stated in the summons; and

(b)give evidence or produce any document or thing specified in the summons.

(2) If a witness summons issued under this Article is directed to a person who—

(a)applies to the magistrates' court, and

(b)satisfies the court that he cannot give any evidence likely to be material evidence or, as the case may be, produce any document or thing likely to be material evidence,

the court may direct that the summons shall be of no effect.

(3) The magistrates' court may refuse to make a direction under paragraph (2) if any requirement relating to the application under that paragraph is not fulfilled.

(4) An application under paragraph (2) must be made in accordance with magistrates' courts rules.

(5) Magistrates' courts rules may, in such cases as the rules may specify, require that where—

(a)a person applying under paragraph (2) can produce a particular document or thing, but

(b)he seeks to satisfy the court that the document or thing is not likely to be material evidence,

he must arrange for the document or thing to be available at the hearing of the application.

Further process to secure attendance of witnesses

118E  (1)  If a magistrates' court is satisfied by evidence on oath that—

(a)a witness in respect of whom a witness summons is in force is unlikely to comply with the summons; and

(b)the witness is likely to be able to give evidence likely to be material evidence or produce any document or thing likely to be material evidence in the proceedings,

the magistrates' court may issue a warrant to arrest the witness and bring him before the court.

(2) Where a witness who is required to attend before a magistrates' court by virtue of a witness summons fails to attend in compliance with the summons, the magistrates' court may—

(a)in any case, cause to be served on him a notice requiring him to attend the court forthwith or at such time as may be specified in the notice;

(b)if the court is satisfied that there are reasonable grounds for believing that he has failed to attend without just excuse, or if he has failed to comply with a notice under sub-paragraph (a), issue a warrant to arrest him and bring him before the court.

(3) A witness brought before a magistrates' court in pursuance of a warrant under this Article may be remanded by that court in custody or on bail (with or without sureties) until such time as the court may appoint for receiving his evidence.

(4) Where a witness attends a magistrates' court in pursuance of a notice under this Article, the court may direct that the notice shall have effect as if it required him to attend at any later time appointed by the court for receiving his evidence..

(2) In Article 119(1) of the Magistrates' Courts (Northern Ireland) Order 1981 (NI 26) (penalty for person served with summons under Article 118 who fails to appear)—

(a)in sub-paragraph (a) after “118” insert “ , 118A or 118D ”;

(b)after sub-paragraph (a) insert—

(aa)disobeys a requirement made by a magistrates' court under Article 118B(1); or.

Prospective

Criminal conviction certificates to be given to employersN.I.

101  In section 112 of the Police Act 1997 (c. 50) (criminal conviction certificates) after subsection (2) insert—

(2A) If an application for a criminal conviction certificate states that the certificate is required in connection with employment by, or voluntary work for, a person specified in the application, the Department of Justice must send a copy of the certificate to that person..

Accounts of the Law CommissionN.I.

102  In paragraph 6 of Schedule 9 to the Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2002 (c. 26) (accounts of the Northern Ireland Law Commission) omit the following provisions (which require the Comptroller and Auditor General for Northern Ireland to report on the accounts)—

(a)sub-paragraph (3)(b); and

(b)sub-paragraphs (4) and (4A).

Prospective

Variation of firearms certificateN.I.

103  In Article 11 of the Firearms (Northern Ireland) Order 2004 (NI 3) after paragraph (3) (substitution of shotguns) insert—

(4) If a person—

(a)sells a relevant firearm (“the first firearm”) to the holder of a firearms dealer's certificate (“the dealer”); and

(b)as part of the same transaction purchases from the dealer another relevant firearm of the same type and calibre (“the second firearm”),

the dealer may vary that person's firearm certificate by substituting the second firearm for the first firearm.

(5) In paragraph (4) “relevant firearm” means a firearm other than—

(a)a shotgun; or

(b)a prohibited weapon..

Prospective

Restrictions on use of shotguns by young personsN.I.

104  (1)  In Schedule 1 to the Firearms (Northern Ireland) Order 2004 paragraph 11 (shotguns) shall be amended as follows.

(2) For sub-paragraph (3) substitute—

(3) Sub-paragraphs (1) and (2) do not apply in relation to a person who is under the age of 18 unless he is under the supervision of a firearm certificate holder who is over the age of 18 and authorised to possess such a shotgun..

Prospective

Restrictions on possession of air guns by young personsN.I.

105  (1)  In Schedule 1 to the Firearms (Northern Ireland) Order 2004 paragraph 9 (air guns and ammunition) shall be amended as follows.

(2) For sub-paragraph (3)(a) substitute—

(a)have an air gun in his possession without a firearm certificate unless he is under the supervision of a firearm certificate holder who is authorised to possess such an air gun..

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