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Criminal Law Act 1977


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  1. Introductory Text

  2. Part I Conspiracy

    1. 1.The offence of conspiracy

    2. 2.Exemptions from liability for conspiracy

    3. 3.Penalties for conspiracy

    4. 4.Restrictions on the institution of proceedings for conspiracy

    5. 5.Abolitions, savings, transitional provisions, consequential amendment and repeals

  3. Part II Offences relating to Entering and Remaining on Property

    1. 6.Violence for securing entry

    2. 7.Adverse occupation of residential premises

    3. 8.Trespassing with a weapon of offence

    4. 9.Trespassing on premises of foreign missions, etc

    5. 10.Obstruction of court officers executing process for possession against unauthorised occupiers

    6. 11.Power of entry for the purposes of this Part of this Act

    7. 12.Supplementary provisions

    8. 13.Abolitions and repeals

  4. Part III Criminal Procedure, Penalties, etc

    1. Preliminary

      1. 14.Preliminary

    2. Allocation of offences to classes as regards mode of trial

      1. 15.Offences which are to become triable only summarily

      2. 16.Offences which are to become triable either way

      3. 17.Offence which is to become triable only on indictment

    3. Limitation of time

      1. 18.Provisions as to time-limits on summary proceedings for indictable offences

    4. Procedure for determining mode of trial of offences triable either way

      1. 19.Initial procedure on information for offence triable either way

      2. 20.Court to begin by considering which mode of trial appears more suitable

      3. 21.Procedure where summary trial appears more suitable

      4. 22.Procedure where trial on indictment appears more suitable

      5. 23.Certain offences triable either way to be tried summarily if value involved is small

      6. 24.Power of court, with consent of legally represented accused, to proceed in his absence

      7. 25.Power to change from summary trial to committal proceedings, and vice versa

      8. 26.Power to issue summons to accused in certain circumstances

    5. Penalties

      1. 27.General limit on power of magistrates' court to impose imprisonment,

      2. 28.Penalties on summary conviction for offences triable either way

      3. 29.Maximum penalties on summary conviction in pursuance of section 23

      4. 30.Penalties (and mode of trial) for offences made triable only summarily

      5. 31.Increase of fines for certain summary offences

      6. 32.Other provisions as to maximum fines

      7. 33.Penalty for offences under section 3 of Explosive Substances Act 1883

    6. Young offenders

      1. 34.Power of magistrates' court to remit a person under 17 for trial to a juvenile court in certain circumstances

      2. 35.Power to commit a person under 17 for trial extended to related offences in certain cases

      3. 36.Enforcement of fines imposed on young offenders

      4. 37.Supervision orders

    7. Cross-border enforcement

      1. 38.Execution throughout United Kingdom of warrants of arrest

      2. 39.Service of summonses and citation throughout United Kingdom

      3. 40.Transfer of fine orders

    8. Other provisions

      1. 41.Transfer of remand hearings

      2. 42.Remand of accused already in custody

      3. 43.Peremptory challenge of jurors

      4. 44.Appeals against conviction

      5. 45.Cases where magistrates' court may remit offender to another such court for sentence

      6. 46.Committal for sentence for offences tried summarily

      7. 47.Prison sentence partly served and partly suspended

      8. 48.Power to make rules as to furnishing of information by prosecutor in criminal proceedings

      9. 49.Power to order search of persons before Crown Court

  5. Part IV Miscellaneous Provisions

    1. 50.Amendment of Road Traffic Act 1972

    2. 51.Bomb hoaxes

    3. 52.Misuse of Drugs Act 1971: redefinition of cannabis

    4. 53.Amendments of Obscene Publications Act 1959 with respect to cinematograph exhibitions

    5. 54.Inciting girl under sixteen to have incestuous sexual intercourse

    6. 55.Amendment of Rabies Act 1974 and Diseases of Animals (N.I.) Order 1975

    7. 56.Coroners' inquests

    8. 57.Probation and conditional discharge: power to vary statutory minimum or maximum period

    9. 58.Proceedings involving persons under 17: increase of certain pecuniary limits

    10. 59.Alteration of maximum periods of imprisonment in default of payment of fines etc

    11. 60.Increase in maximum amount of compensation which may be ordered by magistrates' court

    12. 61.Power to alter sums specified in certain provisions

    13. 62.Right to have someone informed when arrested

  6. Part V Provisions Applying to Scotland

    1. 63.Provisions applying to Scotland

  7. Part VI Supplementary

    1. 64.Meaning of " indictable offence ", " summary offence " and " offence triable either way " in England and Wales

    2. 65.Citation, etc

    1. Schedule 1

      Offences made triable only summarily, and related amendments

    2. Schedule 2

      Offences triable either way instead of only on indictment

    3. Schedule 3

      Offences triable either way by virtue of section 16(1) or (2)

    4. Schedule 4

      Offences for which the value involved is relevant to the mode of trial

    5. Schedule 5

      Alteration of penalties on summary conviction of certain offences triable either way

    6. Schedule 6

      Increase of fines for certain summary offences

    7. Schedule 7

      Transfer of fine orders

    8. Schedule 8

      Transfer of remand hearings

    9. Schedule 9

      Matters ancillary to section 47

    10. Schedule 10

      New section to be substituted for section 20 of Coroners (Amendment) Act 1926

    11. Schedule 11

      Amendments of Criminal Procedure (Scotland) Act 1975

    12. Schedule 12

      Minor and consequential amendments

    13. Schedule 13


    14. Schedule 14

      Transitional provisions

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