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Ss.1‐6 rep. by SLR (NI) 1952; SLR (NI) 1953; 1964 c.21 (NI); 1967 c.18 (NI)


7Venue in indictable offences.N.I.

F1(1)A person charged with the commission in Northern Ireland of any indictable offence [F2 or with the commission of an indictable offence cognisable under the law of Northern Ireland] may be proceeded against, indicted, tried and punished in any …F3 place in which he was apprehended, or is in custody on a charge for the offence or has appeared in answer to a summons lawfully issued charging the offence, as if the offence had been committed in that …F3 place, and the offence shall, for all purposes incidental to or consequential on the prosecution, trial or punishment thereof, be deemed to have been committed in that …F3 place:

  • Proviso rep. by 1978 c.23

  • Subs.(2) rep. by 1978 c.23

(3)Nothing in this section shall affect the laws relating to the government of His Majesty's naval, military or air forces.

S.8 rep. by 1964 c.21 (NI)

N.I.Cases stated

S.9 rep. by 1964 c.3 (NI)

S.10 rep. by 1964 c.21 (NI)

11Suspension of sentence on appeal by case stated.N.I.

Where a person who has been sentenced to imprisonment appeals by case stated …F4 under Part VIIF5 of the Act of 1935, the time during which, in consequence of such appeal, he is not detained in custody shall not, unless the Court for whose opinion such a case is stated (in this section referred to as “the Superior Court” ) otherwise direct, count as part of any term of imprisonment to which he has been sentenced and any such term shall, unless the Superior Court otherwise direct, be deemed to be resumed or begin to run, as the case requires, as from the day on which he is received into prison under the sentence after the determination by the Superior Court of the question or questions raised by the case stated.

Ss.12‐17 rep. by SLR (NI) 1952; 1953 c.18 (NI); 1964 c.21 (NI)


F618Procedure on charge.N.I.

Subs.(1)(2) rep. by 1964 c.21 (NI)

(3)WhereF7 [F8 an indictment has been presented] against a corporation in respect of any offence, the corporation may, on arraignment before the court, enter in writing by its representative a plea of guilty or not guilty, and if either the corporation does not appear by a representative or, though it does so appear, fails to enter as aforesaid any plea, the court shall order a plea of not guilty to be entered and the trial shall proceed as though the corporation had duly entered a plea of not guilty.

(4)Any summons or other document to be served on any corporation charged with an indictable offence may be served upon the corporation by leaving it at, or sending it by post to, the registered office of the corporation or, if there be no such office in Northern Ireland, by leaving it at or sending it to the corporation at any place in Northern Ireland at which it trades or conducts its business.

(5)In this section the expression “representative” in relation to a corporation means a person duly appointed by the corporation to represent it for the purpose of doing any act or thing which the representative of a corporation is by this section authorised to do, but a person so appointed shall not, by virtue only of being so appointed, be qualified to act on behalf of the corporation before any court for any other purpose.

A representative for the purposes of this section need not be appointed under the seal of the corporation, and a statement in writing purporting to be signed by a managing director of the corporation, or by any person (by whatever name called) having, or being one of the persons having, the management of the affairs of the corporation, to the effect that the person named in the statement has been appointed as the representative of the corporation for the purposes of this section shall be admissible without further proof as prima facie evidence that that person has been so appointed.

Subs.(6) rep. by 1964 c.21 (NI)

F7continue to am. 2002 c.26

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C1S. 18 applied (20.1.2007 for specified purposes and 6.4.2007 for further specified purposes and 1.10.2007 for further specified purposes and 6.4.2008 for further specified purposes and 1.10.2008 for further specified purposes and otherwise 1.10.2009) by Companies Act 2006 (c. 46), ss. 1130(2)(b)(iii), 1300(2) (with s. 1133); S.I. 2006/3428, art. 3(2)(b) (with transitional provisions and savings in art. 8, Sch. 5); S.I. 2007/1093, art. 2(2)(c) (with art. 11); S.I. 2007/2194, arts. 2(1)(l), 2(3)(h) (with art. 12); S.I. 2007/3495, arts. 3(3)(g), 5(3)(a) (with arts. 7, 12); S.I. 2008/2860, art. 3(s) (with arts. 5, 7, 8, Sch. 2)

C8S. 18 applied (27.11.2008) by Counter-Terrorism Act 2008 (c. 28), ss. 62, 100(2), Sch. 7 para. 37(2)(c) (with s. 101(2), Sch. 7 para. 43)

C18S. 18 applied (17.9.2010 with application as mentioned in reg. 3 of the amending Regulations) by Marketing of Fruit Plant Material Regulations 2010 (S.I. 2010/2079), reg. 22(4)

C22S. 18 applied (with modifications) (30.12.2011) by Wine Regulations 2011 (S.I. 2011/2936), reg. 16(2)(d) (with reg. 3(9))

19F9Fiats and consents of Attorney General to be admissible in evidence.N.I.

Any document purporting to be the fiat, order or consent of the Attorney General for Northern Ireland, …F10, for or to the institution of any criminal proceedings or the institution of criminal proceedings in any particular form, and to be signed by the said Attorney General …F10, as the case may be, shall be admissible as prima facie evidence without further proof.

F9prosp. rep.,2002 c.26

F10SI 1973/2163

S.20 rep. by 1964 c.21 (NI)

21Amendment as to summary proceedings under the Towns Improvement (Ireland) Act, 1854.N.I.

Notwithstanding anything contained in section ninety-two of the Towns Improvement (Ireland) Act, 1854 [1854 c.103] , proceedings for the recovery of any penalty which under the provisions of that Act may be recovered summarily may be taken by a police officer or constable without the consent of the Attorney General for Northern Ireland.

S.22 substitutes s.4(1) of 1889 c.69 and s.2(1) of 1906 c.34

S.23 rep. by 1964 c.21 (NI)

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