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Ecclesiastical Courts Jurisdiction Act 1860

1860 CHAPTER 32 23 and 24 Vict

An Act to abolish the jurisdiction of the Ecclesiastical Courts . . .F1 in England and Ireland in certain Cases of Brawling.

[3rd July 1860]

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F1Words omitted under authority of Statute Law Revision Act 1892 (c. 19)

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C1Short title given by Short Titles Act 1896 (c. 14)

C2Preamble omitted under authority of Statute Law Revision Act 1892 (c. 19)

C3This Act is not necessarily in the form in which it has effect in Northern Ireland

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2 Penalty on persons found guilty of making a disturbance in churches, chapels, churchyards, or burial grounds.E+W+S+N.I.

Any person who shall be guilty of riotous, violent, or indecent behaviour in England or Ireland in any cathedral church, parish or district church or chapel of the Church of England . . . F3, or in any chapel of any religious denomination, or in England in any places of religious worship duly certified under the provisions of the M1Places of Worship Registration Act 1855, whether during the celebration of divine service or at any other time, or in any churchyard or burial ground, or who shall molest, let, disturb, vex, or trouble, or by any other unlawful means disquiet or misuse any preacher duly authorized to preach therein, or any clergyman in holy orders ministering or celebrating any sacrament, or any divine service, rite, or office, in any cathedral, church, or chapel, or in any churchyard or burial ground, shall, on conviction thereof before two justices of the peace, be liable to a penalty of not more than [F4level 1 on the standard scale]for every such offence, or may, if the justices before whom he shall be convicted think fit, instead of being subjected to any pecuniary penalty, be committed to prison for any time not exceeding two months.

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F3Words omitted by virtue of Irish Church Act 1869 (c. 42), s. 69

F4Words substituted by virtue of Criminal Justice Act 1982 (c. 48), ss. 38, 46 and (N.I.) by S.I. 1984/703 (N.I. 3), arts. 5, 6

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3 Offenders may be, immediately after offence committed, apprehended, etc.E+W+S+N.I.

Every such offender in the premises after the said mis-demeanor socommitted immediately and forthwith may be apprehended and taken by any [F5constable or]churchwarden of the parish or place where the saidoffence shall be committed, and taken before a justice of the peace ofthe county or place where the said offence shall have been socommitted, to be dealt with according to law.

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4 Persons aggrieved may appeal against conviction.E+W+S+N.I.

Any person convicted as aforesaid who shall think himself aggrieved by such conviction may forthwith appeal to [F6the Crown Court] . . . F7

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7 Nothing to limit power of ordinary over fabric of churches, &c.E+W+S+N.I.

Provided also, that nothing herein contained shall limit, restrain or abolish the power possessed by the ordinary over the fabric of any church or over the churchyard or burial ground connected therewith.

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