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Crime and Punishment (Scotland) Act 1997

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Increases in sentencing powers and penalties

13Increase in sentences available to sheriff and district courts

(1)In section 3 of the 1995 Act (jurisdiction and powers of solemn courts)—

(a)in subsection (3), for the words “three years” there shall be substituted the words “five years”;

(b)in subsection (4), for the words “three years” there shall be substituted “five years”;

(c)after subsection (4) there shall be inserted the following subsection—

(4A)Subject to subsection (5) below, where under any enactment passed or made after 1st January 1988 but before the commencement of section 13 of the Crime and Punishment (Scotland) Act 1997 (increase in sentencing powers of sheriff courts) an offence is punishable on conviction on indictment for a term exceeding three years but the enactment either expressly or impliedly restricts the power of the sheriff to impose a sentence of imprisonment for a term exceeding three years, it shall be competent for the sheriff to impose a sentence of imprisonment for a term exceeding three but not exceeding five years.; and

(d)in subsection (5), for the words “subsection (4)” there shall substituted the words “subsections (4) and (4A)”.

(2)In section 5 of the 1995 Act (powers of sheriff when sitting as summary court)—

(a)in subsection (2)(d), for the words “three months” there shall be substituted the words “six months”; and

(b)in subsection (3), for the words “six months” there shall be substituted the words “twelve months”.

(3)In section 195(2) of the 1995 Act (remit to High Court for sentence where sheriff’s power limited by statute) for the words “three years”, in both places where they occur, there shall be substituted the words “five years”.

(4)In paragraph 12 of Schedule 3 to the [1995 c. 40.] Criminal Procedure (Consequential Provisions) (Scotland) Act 1995 (construction of references to penal servitude and hard labour), in sub-paragraph (3), for the words “two years” there shall be substituted the words “five years”.

14Increase in maximum penalty for certain sexual offences

(1)In section 5 of the [1995 c. 39.] Criminal Law (Consolidation) (Scotland) Act 1995 (unlawful intercourse with girls under the age of 16 years)—

(a)in subsection (2), for the words “two years” there shall be substituted the words “ten years”; and

(b)in subsection (3), for the words “two years” there shall be substituted the words “ten years”.

(2)In section 6 of that Act (indecent behaviour towards a girl aged between 12 and 16 years), for the words “two years” there shall be substituted the words “ten years”.

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