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Sexual Offences Act 1956

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Offences other than felonies and attempts at felonies

7. (a) Procurement of woman by threats (section two).On indictment, not triable at quarter sessions.Two years
(b) An attempt to commit this offence.On indictment, not triable at quarter sessions.Two years
8. Procurement ot woman by false pretences (section three).On indictment, not triable at quarter sessions.Two years
9. Administering drugs to obtain or facilitate intercourse (section four).On indictment, not triable at quarter sessions.Two years
10. (a) Intercourse with girl between thirteen and sixteen (section six).On indictment, not triable at quarter sessions; a prosecution may not be commenced more than twelve months after the offence charged.Two years
(b) An attempt to commit this offence.On indictment, not triable at quarter sessions; a prosecution may not be commenced more than twelve months after the offence charged.Two years
11. (a) Intercourse with idiot or imbecile (section seven).On indictment, not triable at quarter sessions.Two years
(A) An attempt to commit this offence.On indictment, not triable at quarter sessions.Two years_
12. (a) Intercourse with defective (section eight).On indictment, not triable at quarter sessions.Two years
(b) An attempt to commit this offence.On indictment, not triable at quarter sessions.Two years-

13. (a) Procurement of defective (section nine).

(b) An attempt to commit this offence.

On indictment, not triable at quarter sessions.

On indictment, not triable at quarter sessions.

Two years

Two years

14. (a) Incest by a man (section ten).On indictment, not triable at quarter sessions; a prosecution may not be commenced without the sanction of the Attorney General, except by or on behalf of the Director of Public Prosecutions (subject however to sections thirteen and forty of the Children and Young Persons Act, 1933).If with a girl under thirteen, and so charged in the indictment, life; otherwise seven years.

The jury may find the accused guilty—

(i) of intercourse with a girl under thirteen (section five); or

(ii) of intercourse with a girl between thirteen and sixteen (section six); or

(iii) of intercourse with an idiot or imbecile (section seven).

(b) An attempt to commit this offence.On indictment, not triable at Two years quarter sessions; a prosecution may not be commenced without the sanction of the Attorney General, except by or on behalf of the Director of Public Prosecutions (subject however to sections thirteen and forty of the Children and Young Persons Act. 1933).
15. (a) Incest by a woman (section eleven).

On indictment, not triable at Seven years .........

quarter sessions; a prosecution may not be commenced without the sanction of the Attorney General, except by or on behalf of the Director of Public Prosecutions (subject however to sections thirteen and forty of the Children and Young Persons Act, 1933).

(b) An attempt to commit this offence.

On indictment, not triable at Two years .........

quarter sessions; a prosecution may not be commenced without the sanction of the Attorney General, except by or on behalf of the Director of Public Prosecutions (subject however to sections thirteen and forty of the Children and Young Persons Act, 1933).

16. (a) Indecency between men (section thirteen).On indictment, triable at quarter sessions under section two of the Administration of Justice (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 1938 (which relates to courts with a legally qualified chairman), but not otherwise.Two years
(b) An attempt to procure the commission by a man of an act of gross indecency with another man.On indictment triable at quarter sessions under section two of the Administration of Justice (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act, 1938 (which relates to courts with a legally qualified chairman), but not otherwise.Two years
17. Indecent assault on a woman (section fourteen).

(i) On indictment

(ii) Where section nineteen of the Magistrates' Courts Act, 1952, applies, summarily under that section.

Two years

As provided by that section (that is to say, six months, or one hundred pounds, or both).

18. Indecent assault on a man (section fifteen).

(i) On indictment

(ii) Where section nineteen of the Magistrates' Courts Act, 1952, applies, summarily under that section.

Ten years............

As provided by that section (that is to say, six months or one hundred pounds, or both).

19. Assault with intent to commit buggery (section sixteen).On indictmentTen years
20. Abduction of girl under eighteen from parent or guardian (section nineteen).On indictment, not triable at quarter sessions.Two years
21. Abduction of girl under sixteen from parent or guardian (section twenty).On indictment, not triable at quarter sessions.Two years
22. Abduction of defective from parent or guardian (section twenty-one).On indictment, not triable at quarter sessions.Two years

23. (a) Causing prostitution of a woman (section twenty-two).

(b) An attempt to commit this offence.

On indictment, not triable at quarter sessions.

On indictment, not triable at quarter sessions.

Two years

Two years

24. (a) Procuration of girl under twenty-one (section twenty-three).

(b) An attempt to commit this offence.

On indictment, not triable at quarter sessions.

On indictment, not triable at quarter sessions.

Two years

Two years

25. Detention of woman in brothel (section twenty-four).On indictment, not triable at quarter sessions.Two years
26. Permitting girl between thirteen and sixteen to use premises for intercourse (section twenty-six).On indictment, not triable at quarter sessions.Two yearsThe jury may find the accused guilty of an offence under section three of the Children and Young Persons Act, 1933.
27. Permitting defective to use premises for intercourse (section twenty-seven).On indictment, not triable at quarter sessions.Two years
28. Causing or encouraging prostitution, etc., of girl under sixteen (section twenty-eight).On indictmentTwo years
29. Causing or encouraging prostitution of defective (section twenty-nine).On indictment, not triable at quarter sessions.Two years
30. Living on earnings of prostitution (section thirty).

(i) On indictment

(ii) Summarily

Two years

Six months

The accused cannot claim to be tried on indictment under section twenty-five of the Magistrates' Courts Act, 1952.
31. Controlling a prostitute (section thirty-one).

(i) On indictment

(ii) Summarily

Two years

Six months

The accused cannot claim to be tried on indictment under section twenty-five of the Magistrates' Courts Act, 1952.
32. Solicitation by a man (section thirty-two).

(i) On indictment

(ii) Summarily

Two years

Six months

The accused cannot claim to be tried on indictment under section twenty-five of the Magistrates' Courts Act, 1952.
33. Keeping a brothel (section thirty-three).Summarily (but subject to the right of the accused, if he has been previously convicted, to claim under section twenty-five of the Magistrates' Courts Act, 1952, to be tried on indictment).For an offence committed after a previous conviction, six months, or two hundred and fifty pounds, or both; otherwise, three months, or one hundred pounds, or both.A conviction of an offence punishable under section thirty-four, thirty-five or thirty-six of this Act, or under section thirteen of the Criminal Law Amendment Act, 1885 (the section replaced for England and Wales by sections thirty-three to thirty-six of this Act), shall be taken into account as a previous conviction in the same way as a conviction of an offence punishable under section thirty-three of this Act.
34. Letting premises for use as brothel (section thirty-four).Summarily (but subject to the right of the accused, if he has been previously convicted, to claim under section twenty-five of the Magistrates' Courts Act, 1952, to be tried on indictment).For an offence committed after a previous conviction, six months, or two hundred and fifty pounds, or both; otherwise, three months, or one hundred pounds, or both.A conviction of an offence punishable under section thirty-three, thirty-five or thirty-six of this Act, or under section thirteen of the Criminal Law Amendment Act, 1885 (the section replaced for England and Wales by sections thirty-three to thirty-six of this Act), shall be taken into account as a previous conviction in the same way as a conviction of an offence punishable under section thirty-four of this Act.
3S. Tenant permitting premises to be used as brothel (section thirty-five).Summarily (but subject to the right of the accused, if he has been previously convicted, to claim under section twenty-five of the Magistrates' Courts Act, 1952, to be tried on indictment).For an offence committed after a previous conviction, six months, or two hundred and fifty pounds, or both; otherwise, three months, or one hundred pounds, or both.A conviction of an offence punishable under section thirty-three, thirty-four or thirty-six of this Act, or under section thirteen of the Criminal Law Amendment Act, 1885 (the section replaced for England and Wales by sections thirty-three to thirty-six of this Act), shall be taken into account as a previous conviction in the same way as a conviction of an offence punishable under section thirty-five of this Act.
36. Tenant permitting premises to be used for prostitution (section thirty-six).Summarily (but subject to the right of the accused, if he has been previously convicted, to claim under section twenty-five of the Magistrates' Courts Act, 1952, to be tried on indictment).For an offence committed after a previous conviction, six months, or two hundred and fifty pounds, or both; otherwise, three months, or one hundred pounds, or both.A conviction of an offence punishable under section thirty-three, thirty-four or thirty-five of this Act, or under section thirteen of the Criminal Law Amendment Act, 1885 (the section replaced for England and Wales by sections thirty-three to thirty-six of this Act), shall be taken into account as a previous conviction in the same way as a conviction of an offence punishable under section thirty-six of this Act.

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