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Courts Act 1971

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26(1)In section 14 of that Act, in the proviso to subsection (1), after the word "fine" there shall be inserted the words

or any amount due under a recognisance.

(2)At the end of the said section 14 add:—

(6)The powers conferred by this section shall not be taken as restricted by any enactment about committal by a magistrates' court to the Crown Court which authorises the Crown Court to deal with an offender in any way in which the magistrates' court might have dealt with him:

Provided that any term fixed under subsection (1)(c) above as respects a fine imposed by the Crown Court in pursuance of such an enactment, that is to say a fine which the magistrates' court could have imposed, shall not exceed the period applicable to that fine (if imposed by the magistrates' court) under Schedule 3 to the Magistrates' Courts Act 1952 or section 285 of the Customs and Excise Act 1952.

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