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The Registration of Clubs (Northern Ireland) Order 1987

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Drunkenness in registered club

34.—(1) A registered club shall not—

(a)permit drunkenness or any disorderly conduct to take place on the premises of the club; or

(b)supply intoxicating liquor to a drunken person knowing him to be such.

(2) If paragraph (1) is contravened—

(a)the registered club; and

(b)every person entered in the register of clubs as an official or member of the committee of management or governing body of the club at the time of the contravention; and

(c)the person permitting the drunkenness or disorderly conduct or, as the case may be, supplying the intoxicating liquor, shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 4 on the standard scale.

(3) Where any person is found drunk on the premises of a registered club he shall be guilty of an offence and shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 2 on the standard scale.

(4) In any proceedings for an offence by reason of a contravention of paragraph (1) it shall be a defence for a person to prove that the contravention occurred without his consent or connivance and that he exercised due diligence to prevent it.

(5) Where a person is charged under paragraph (2), with permitting drunkenness in contravention of paragraph (1)(a) and it is proved that any person was drunk on the premises of the registered club, the burden of proving that the defendant took all reasonable steps to prevent drunkenness in the club premises shall lie upon him.

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