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Administration of Justice Act 1956

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29Increase of penalties for assaulting officers, rescuing goods seized and contempt of court

(1)The fine which may be imposed under any of the following provisions of the principal Act, that is to say.—

(a)section thirty-one (which deals with assaults on officers of a county court);

(b)section one hundred and twenty-four (which deals with rescuing goods seized in execution under process of a county court);

(c)section one hundred and thirty-nine (which deals with insulting behaviour in a county court and similar contempts);

shall be a fine not exceeding twenty pounds, instead of a fine not exceeding five pounds.

(2)A county court judge instead of imposing a fine on an offender under any of the sections mentioned in subsection (1) of this section may make an order committing the offender for a specified period not exceeding one month to any prison to which he has power to commit:

Provided that the judge may at any time revoke an order committing a person to prison under this section and, if he is already in custody, order his discharge.

(3)On summary conviction of an offence under section thirty-one or section one hundred and twenty-four of the principal Act, a person shall be liable either to the fine mentioned in subsection (1) of this section or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding one month.

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