Search Legislation

Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006

 Help about what version

What Version

 Help about advanced features

Advanced Features

Changes over time for: Cross Heading: Offences and penalties

 Help about opening options

Changes to legislation:

Animal Health and Welfare (Scotland) Act 2006, Cross Heading: Offences and penalties is up to date with all changes known to be in force on or before 17 June 2021. There are changes that may be brought into force at a future date. Changes that have been made appear in the content and are referenced with annotations. Help about Changes to Legislation

Close

Changes to Legislation

Revised legislation carried on this site may not be fully up to date. Changes and effects are recorded by our editorial team in lists which can be found in the ‘Changes to Legislation’ area. Where those effects have yet to be applied to the text of the legislation by the editorial team they are also listed alongside the legislation in the affected provisions. Use the ‘more’ link to open the changes and effects relevant to the provision you are viewing.

View outstanding changes

Changes and effects yet to be applied to the whole Act associated Parts and Chapters:

Whole provisions yet to be inserted into this Act (including any effects on those provisions):

Offences and penaltiesS

F144Proceedings for animal fighting offencesS

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

45Offences by bodies corporate etc.S

(1)Where an offence under this Part, or under regulations made under this Part, is committed by a body corporate and is committed with the consent or connivance of, or is attributable to the neglect of—

(a)a director, manager, secretary or other similar officer of the body, or

(b)a person purporting to act in any such capacity,

that person (as well as the body corporate) commits the offence.

(2)Where the affairs of a body corporate are managed by its members, subsection (1) applies to acts and omissions by members in exercising functions of management as if they were directors of the body corporate.

(3)Where an offence under this Part, or under regulations made under this Part, is committed by a Scottish partnership and is committed with the consent or connivance of, or is attributable to the neglect of a partner, that partner (as well as the partnership) commits the offence.

Commencement Information

I1S. 45 in force at 6.10.2006 by S.S.I. 2006/482, art. 2

46Penalties for offencesS

[F2(1)A person who commits an offence under section 19 or 23 is liable—

(a)on summary conviction, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months or a fine not exceeding £20,000 (or both),

(b)on conviction on indictment, to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 5 years or a fine (or both).]

(2)A person who commits any other offence under this Part is liable on summary conviction to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months or to a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale or to both.

(3)A person who commits an offence under regulations made under this Part [F3(other than under regulations made under section 46A)] is liable on summary conviction to such penalties, not exceeding the penalties [F4mentioned in subsection (4)], as are provided for in the regulations.

[F5(4)The penalties referred to in subsection (4) are imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months or a fine not exceeding £40,000 (or both).]

[F646AFixed penalty notices for certain offencesS

(1)The Scottish Ministers may by regulations make provision for or in connection with the issuing of fixed penalty notices in relation to certain offences.

(2)The offences in relation to which fixed penalty notices may be issued must be specified in or by virtue of regulations under subsection (1).

(3)The offences which may be specified are offences—

(a)under—

(i)this Part,

(ii)regulations made under section 26, 27 or 28 (whether made before, on or after the coming into force of this section), or

(iii)another enactment (whether made or, as the case may be, passed before, on or after the coming into force of this section) which the Scottish Ministers consider relates to animal welfare, and

(b)in relation to which the maximum penalty on conviction does not exceed imprisonment for a term of 6 months or a fine of level 5 on the standard scale (or both).

(4)Regulations under subsection (1) may in particular include provision—

(a)subject to subsections (6) and (7), prescribing the form of a fixed penalty notice,

(b)prescribing the persons or categories of persons who are authorised to issue fixed penalty notices,

(c)conferring on the Scottish Ministers the power to authorise a person to issue fixed penalty notices,

(d)conferring powers to enter premises (other than dwelling-houses) in connection with the issuing of fixed penalty notices,

(e)about the circumstances in which fixed penalty notices may be issued (including the test which must be satisfied before a person authorised to issue such notices may do so),

(f)about the circumstances in which fixed penalty notices may not be issued,

(g)about the circumstances in which fixed penalty notices may be withdrawn (including the effects of such withdrawal),

(h)prescribing the amount of the fixed penalty which is to apply to an offence, being not more than level 5 on the standard scale,

(i)prescribing the person to whom payment may be made (who need not be the person who issued the fixed penalty notice),

(j)prescribing the period of time within which a fixed penalty may be paid (in this section, the “payment period”),

(k)about the circumstances in which a person to whom a fixed penalty notice is issued may decline the notice or otherwise object to or challenge it (including the period within which the person may do so),

(l)about the effects of failing to decline or otherwise object to or challenge a fixed penalty notice before the end of the period prescribed for doing so (including that such failure is deemed to be acceptance of the notice),

(m)conferring on the person who issued the fixed penalty notice or the person to whom payment may be made the power to extend the payment period in any particular case if the person considers it appropriate to do so,

(n)about the methods by which fixed penalties may be paid,

(o)for the amount of a fixed penalty to be discounted or increased by an amount or percentage in circumstances prescribed by the regulations (but not so as to make the amount payable more than level 5 on the standard scale),

(p)prescribing the effect of paying a fixed penalty within the payment period (for example, that no proceedings may be brought in respect of the offence to which the fixed penalty notice relates),

(q)about the consequences of not paying a fixed penalty within the payment period (including how liability to pay the penalty may be enforced),

(r)for additional procedure relating to fixed penalty notices (for example to make provision for hearings or appeals),

(s)for the destination of funds, the keeping of accounts and the preparation and publication of statements of account relating to fixed penalties provided for under the regulations,

(t)creating offences relating to—

(i)obstruction of a person who is exercising functions in relation to fixed penalty notices,

(ii)a failure to provide information requested in connection with a fixed penalty notice.

(5)The maximum penalty that may be provided for in regulations under subsection (1) creating an offence is, on summary conviction, a fine not exceeding level 5 on the standard scale.

(6)A fixed penalty notice provided for in regulations under subsection (1) must—

(a)identify the offence to which it relates, and

(b)specify reasonable particulars of the circumstances alleged to constitute the offence.

(7)A fixed penalty notice provided for in regulations under subsection (1) must also state—

(a)the date on which the fixed penalty notice is issued,

(b)the amount of the fixed penalty,

(c)the person to whom payment may be made and the person's address,

(d)the payment period,

(e)the method by which payment may be made,

(f)the effect of paying the fixed penalty within the payment period and the consequences of not paying the fixed penalty within that period,

(g)details of any procedure for challenging or appealing the fixed penalty notice.

(8)Regulations under subsection (1) may modify any enactment (including this Act).

(9)In this section, “fixed penalty notice” means a notice specifying a sum of money that may or must be paid as an alternative to prosecution for an offence.]

Back to top

Options/Help

Print Options

Close

Legislation is available in different versions:

Latest Available (revised):The latest available updated version of the legislation incorporating changes made by subsequent legislation and applied by our editorial team. Changes we have not yet applied to the text, can be found in the ‘Changes to Legislation’ area.

Original (As Enacted or Made): The original version of the legislation as it stood when it was enacted or made. No changes have been applied to the text.

Close

See additional information alongside the content

Geographical Extent: Indicates the geographical area that this provision applies to. For further information see ‘Frequently Asked Questions’.

Show Timeline of Changes: See how this legislation has or could change over time. Turning this feature on will show extra navigation options to go to these specific points in time. Return to the latest available version by using the controls above in the What Version box.

Close

Opening Options

Different options to open legislation in order to view more content on screen at once

Close

Explanatory Notes

Text created by the Scottish Government to explain what the Act sets out to achieve and to make the Act accessible to readers who are not legally qualified. Explanatory Notes were introduced in 1999 and accompany all Acts of the Scottish Parliament except those which result from Budget Bills.

Close

More Resources

Access essential accompanying documents and information for this legislation item from this tab. Dependent on the legislation item being viewed this may include:

  • the original print PDF of the as enacted version that was used for the print copy
  • lists of changes made by and/or affecting this legislation item
  • confers power and blanket amendment details
  • all formats of all associated documents
  • correction slips
  • links to related legislation and further information resources
Close

Timeline of Changes

This timeline shows the different points in time where a change occurred. The dates will coincide with the earliest date on which the change (e.g an insertion, a repeal or a substitution) that was applied came into force. The first date in the timeline will usually be the earliest date when the provision came into force. In some cases the first date is 01/02/1991 (or for Northern Ireland legislation 01/01/2006). This date is our basedate. No versions before this date are available. For further information see the Editorial Practice Guide and Glossary under Help.

Close

More Resources

Use this menu to access essential accompanying documents and information for this legislation item. Dependent on the legislation item being viewed this may include:

  • the original print PDF of the as enacted version that was used for the print copy
  • correction slips

Click 'View More' or select 'More Resources' tab for additional information including:

  • lists of changes made by and/or affecting this legislation item
  • confers power and blanket amendment details
  • all formats of all associated documents
  • links to related legislation and further information resources