SCHEDULES

SCHEDULE 12E+WBail for summary offences and certain other offences to be tried summarily

3After section 9 (offence of agreeing to indemnify sureties in criminal proceedings) insert—

9ABail decisions relating to persons aged under 18 who are accused of offences mentioned in Schedule 2 to the Magistrates' Courts Act 1980

(1)This section applies whenever—

(a)a magistrates' court is considering whether to withhold or grant bail in relation to a person aged under 18 who is accused of a scheduled offence; and

(b)the trial of that offence has not begun.

(2)The court shall, before deciding whether to withhold or grant bail, consider whether, having regard to any representations made by the prosecutor or the accused person, the value involved does not exceed the relevant sum for the purposes of section 22.

(3)The duty in subsection (2) does not apply in relation to an offence if—

(a)a determination under subsection (4) has already been made in relation to that offence; or

(b)the accused person is, in relation to any other offence of which he is accused which is not a scheduled offence, a person to whom Part 1 of Schedule 1 to this Act applies.

(4)If where the duty in subsection (2) applies it appears to the court clear that, for the offence in question, the amount involved does not exceed the relevant sum, the court shall make a determination to that effect.

(5)In this section—

(a)relevant sum” has the same meaning as in section 22(1) of the Magistrates' Courts Act 1980 (certain either way offences to be tried summarily if value involved is less than the relevant sum);

(b)scheduled offence” means an offence mentioned in Schedule 2 to that Act (offences for which the value involved is relevant to the mode of trial); and

(c)the value involved” is to be construed in accordance with section 22(10) to (12) of that Act.