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Indictments Act 1915

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4(1)A description of the offence charged in an indictment, or where more than one offence is charged in an indictment, of each offence so charged, shall be set out in the indictment in a separate paragraph called a count.

(2)A count of an indictment shall commence with a statement of the offence charged, called the statement of offence.

(3)The statement of offence shall describe the offence shortly in ordinary language, avoiding as far as possible the use of technical terms, and without necessarily stating all the essential elemeuts of the offence, and if the offence charged is one created by statute, shall contain a reference to the section of the statute creating the offence.

(4)After the statement of the offence, particulars of such offence shall be set out in ordinary language, in which the use of technical terms shall not be necessary :

Provided that where any rule of law or any statute limits the particulars of an offence which are required to be given in an indictment, nothing in this rule shall require any more particulars to he given than those so required.

(5)The forms set out in the appendix to these rules or forms conforming thereto as nearly as may be shall be used in cases to which they are applicable, and in other cases forms to the like effect or conforming thereto as nearly as may be shall be used, the statement of offence and the particulars of offence being varied according to the circumstances in each case.

(6)Where an indictment contains more than one count, the counts shall be numbered consecutively.

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