Time limit for prosecution
114.—(1) A proceeding against a person in respect of any offence under any provision contained in these Regulations shall be commenced within one year after the offence was committed, and the time so limited by this regulation shall, in the case of any proceedings under the Magistrates' Courts Act 1980(1) for any such offence be substituted for any limitation of time contained in that Act.
(2) For the purposes of this regulation—
(a)in England and Wales, the laying of an information; and
(b)in Scotland, the granting of a warrant to apprehend or cite the accused (if, in relation to an offence alleged to have been committed within the United Kingdom, such warrant is executed without delay),
shall be deemed to be the commencement of a proceeding.
(3) In the application of this regulation to a proceeding in a Gibraltar court—
(a)in paragraph (1), for the words “Magistrates' Courts” to the end of that paragraph, substitute “laws of Gibraltar governing proceedings before the Gibraltar court for any such offence be substituted for any limitation of time contained in those laws.”; and
(b)in paragraph (2)(a), after “England and Wales” insert “or in Gibraltar”.