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Regulatory Enforcement and Sanctions Act 2008

Section 41: Fixed monetary penalties: criminal proceedings and conviction

117.Imposition of a fixed monetary penalty removes the person’s liability to criminal prosecution for the relevant offence in respect of the act of regulatory non-compliance in question. Section 41 requires the order implementing fixed monetary penalties to secure this. Similarly, if a person is served with a notice of intent under the provisions in section 40, no criminal proceedings may be taken against them within the 28 day opportunity for the discharge payment (or other shorter period as specified in the notice) following receipt of the notice. Where a person pays a discharge payment, no criminal proceedings can be taken against him in relation to the commission of the relevant offence.

118.An order under Part 3 may allow a regulator to recover any fixed monetary penalty issued, and any additional late payment charges that are relevant, as a civil debt recoverable through the courts or as if payable under a court order (by virtue of section 52).

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