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Summary Jurisdiction Act (Northern Ireland) 1953

1953 CHAPTER 3

An Act to provide for the making of summary jurisdiction rules; to extend the jurisdiction and powers of, and to amend the law relating to, courts of summary jurisdiction and justices out of petty sessions; and otherwise to make provision with respect to summary procedure and offences.

[17th February 1953]

Part I (ss. 1‐7) rep. by 1964 c. 3 (NI); 1964 c. 21 (NI)

Part II (ss. 8‐20) rep. by 1958 c. 9 (NI); 1959 c. 25 (NI); 1964 c. 21 (NI)


Ss. 21‐25 rep. by 1964 c. 21 (NI)

N.I.Provisions with respect to certain summary offences and penalties

26Extension of summary jurisdiction in respect of malicious damage.N.I.

(1)If any person wilfully or maliciously commits any damage to any real or personal property whatsoever, either of a public or private nature, and the amount of the damage does not, in the opinion of the court, [F1 exceed[F2 £1000]F2, he shall be liable on summary conviction to imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months or to a fine not exceeding[F3 level 3 on the standard scale]F3.]

Subs. (2) rep. by 1964 c. 21 (NI); 1977 NI 4; subs. (3) rep. by 1964 c. 21 (NI); subs. (4) rep. by 1956 c. 19 (NI); subs. (5) rep. by 1977 NI 4

F11977 NI 4

F21994 NI 15

F31984 NI 3

S. 27 rep. by 1968 c. 28 (NI)

28Amendment of the Summary Jurisdiction (Ireland) Act, 1851.N.I.

(1)A person convicted by a court of summary jurisdiction of an offence under—

(a)paragraphs 1, 3, 5, 8, 10 and 11 of section ten,

(b)section twelve,

(c)paragraphs 3, 4 and 5 of section thirteen,

of the Summary Jurisdiction (Ireland) Act, 1851 [1851 c.92] , shall be liable to a fine not exceeding five pounds, and accordingly … residue amends ss.10,12,13 of 1851 c.92

Subs. (2) amends s. 14 of 1851 c. 92

S. 29 rep. by 1964 c. 21 (NI)

S. 30 rep. by 1958 c. 9 (NI)

Ss. 31‐36 rep. by 1964 c. 21 (NI)

S. 37 rep. by 1961 c. 15 (NI); 1964 c. 21 (NI)

Ss. 38‐42 rep. by 1964 c. 21 (NI)


Ss. 43‐45 rep. by 1964 c. 21 (NI)

46Civil remedy for common assault and battery not to be barred under the Offences against the Person Act, 1861.N.I.

(1)The conviction or punishment of a person upon complaint of an offence under sections forty-two or forty-three of the Offences against the Person Act, 1861 M1, or the dismissal of any such complaint shall not operate to bar any civil proceedings which might otherwise be brought against him.

Subs. (2) rep. by SLR 1973

Marginal Citations

S. 47 rep. by 1998 c. 32


S. 48 spent


Subs. (1) rep. by SLR 1976; subs. (2)(3) rep. by 1954 c. 33 (NI)

(4)References in other enactments (whether passed before or after this Act) to the Summary Jurisdiction Acts (Northern Ireland) shall be construed as references to those Acts as amended by this Act.

S. 50, with Third Schedule, effects amendments

S. 51 rep. by SLR 1973

52Short title, construction and citation.N.I.

(1)This Act may be cited as the Summary Jurisdiction Act (Northern Ireland), 1953.

(2)This Act shall be construed as one with, and included among the Acts which may be cited together as, the Summary Jurisdiction Acts (Northern Ireland).

Subs. (3)(4) rep. by SLR 1973


First Schedule rep. by SLR 1973


Second Schedule rep. by 1964 c. 21 (NI)


Third Schedule—Amendments


Fourth Schedule rep. by SLR 1973

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