Magistrates' Courts (Amendment No. 2) Rules (Northern Ireland) 1997

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Published: 1997-12-09

Statutory Rules of Northern Ireland
1997 No. 529

MAGISTRATES' COURTS
Magistrates' Courts (Amendment No. 2) Rules (Northern Ireland) 1997

Made
9th December 1997

Coming into operation
1st January 1998

The Lord Chancellor, in exercise of the powers conferred on him by Article 13 of the Magistrates' Courts (Northern Ireland) Order 1981(1) and all other powers enabling him in that behalf, on the advice of the Magistrates' Courts Rules Committee and after consultation with the Lord Chief Justice, hereby makes the following Rules:—

Citation, commencement and interpretation

1.—(1) These Rules may be cited as the Magistrates' Courts (Amendment No. 2) Rules (Northern Ireland) 1997 and shall come into operation on 1st January 1998.

(2) In these Rules, the “principal Rules” means the Magistrates' Courts Rules (Northern Ireland) 1984(2) and a reference to a Rule, Form or Schedule by number means the Rule, Form or Schedule so numbered in the principal Rules.

Separate Warrants to be issued for each sentence imposed

2.—(1) In Rule 15 paragraph (5), after the words “Treatment of Offenders (Northern Ireland) Order 1976(3)” there shall be inserted the words “or Article 28 of the Criminal Justice (Northern Ireland) Order 1996(4)”.

(2) In Rule 15 paragraph (6), for the words “that Article” there shall be substituted the words “either of the Articles referred to in paragraph (5)”.

Endorsement of warrants of commitment as to release on bail

3.  In Rule 16 after paragraph (1), there shall be inserted the following new paragraph—

“(1A) Where under Article 5(5)(a) or Article 28(2)(b) of, or Schedule 2 to, the Criminal Justice (Northern Ireland) Order 1996, the court commits an offender in custody until he can be brought or appear before the Crown Court, it may certify its consent to bail by endorsement on the warrant of commitment in Form 11A and the certificate of such consent may be signed on behalf of the court by the clerk of petty sessions.”.

Section F in Part VII of the principal Rules

4.  In Part VII of the principal Rules, for Section F there shall be substituted the following new Section—

“FCriminal Justice (Northern Ireland) Order 1996

Interpretation of Section F

124.  In this Section—

(a)“the 1996 Order” means the Criminal Justice (Northern Ireland) Order 1996;

(b)“pre-sentence report”; “community order”; “custodial sentence”; “custody probation order”; and “mentally disordered” have the meanings assigned to them by Article 2(2) of the 1996 Order;

(c)“medical report” has the meaning assigned to it by Article 22(5) of the 1996 Order;

(d)“the appropriate county court division” means, except where it appears in Rule 126B, the county court division in which is located the place at which the Crown Court sat when the community order was made.

Order for Absolute or Conditional Discharge

125.—(1) Where the court makes an order for absolute or conditional discharge, it shall cause an entry to that effect to be made in the Order Book and, in the case of an order for conditional discharge, that entry shall also specify the duration of the order.

(2) Where a magistrates' court makes an order under Article 5(6) or (8), or the Crown Court makes an order under Article 5(7), of the 1996 Order, the clerk of petty sessions for the petty sessions district in which the order for conditional discharge was made shall make a note of the order under the said Article 5, opposite the entry in the Order Book relating to the making of the order of conditional discharge.

(3) Where a magistrates' court deals with a person under Article 5(8) of the 1996 Order in relation to an order for conditional discharge which was not made by that court, the clerk of petty sessions shall give a copy of the relevant entry in the Order Book to the clerk of petty sessions for the district in which the order was made.

(4) Where a magistrates' court convicts a person of an offence committed during the period of conditional discharge, the clerk of petty sessions shall, if the court which made the order for conditional discharge was the Crown Court, give a copy of the relevant entry in the Order Book to the chief clerk for the appropriate county court division.

(5) Where a magistrates' court makes an order under Article 12 of the 1996 Order substituting an order for conditional discharge for a probation order which was not made by that court, the clerk of petty sessions shall—

(a)cause an entry to that effect to be made in the Order Book; and

(b)give notice of the substitution to the clerk of petty sessions for the petty sessions district in which the probation order was made.

(6) The clerk of petty sessions to whom notice under paragraph (5) is given shall note the substitution of an order for conditional discharge for a probation order opposite the entry in the Order Book relating to the making of the probation order.

Entry in Order Book

125A.  Where a magistrates' court makes a statement under Article 9(4); 20(3)(a); 21(2); 24(4) or (5) or 33(2) of the 1996 Order, it shall cause that statement to be entered in the Order Book.

Community Order

126.—(1) Where a magistrates' court makes a community order, any entry in the Order Book required to be made under Rule 19(1) shall include details of the following—

(a)the duration of the order;

(b)any conditions and requirements of the order;

(c)the petty sessions district in which the offender resides or will reside.

(2) Where a court of summary jurisdiction amends or revokes a community order, it shall cause an entry to that effect to be made in the Order Book, opposite the entry relating to the making of the relevant order.

(3) Where a court of summary jurisdiction amends or revokes a community order which was not made by that court, the clerk of petty sessions shall—

(a)if the community order was made by another magistrates' court, send a copy of the relevant entry in the Order Book to the clerk of petty sessions for that district; or

(b)if the community order was made by the Crown Court, send a copy of the relevant entry in the Order Book to the chief clerk for the appropriate county court division.

(4) The clerk of petty sessions to whom notice under paragraph (3) is given, shall note the details given in the Order Book, opposite the entry relating to the making of the relevant community order.

(5) Any complaint made in respect of a breach of a requirement of a community order, and any application to revoke or amend a community order under Schedule 2 to the 1996 Order, shall be accompanied by a copy of the community order, to which the complaint or the application relates.

Committal to Crown Court

126A.  Where a court of summary jurisdiction commits an offender to the Crown Court under paragraph 3(3), paragraph 7(2)(b) or paragraph 9(2)(b) of Schedule 2 to the 1996 Order, the clerk of petty sessions shall (in addition to complying with paragraph 3(4) of Schedule 2 where it applies) notify the chief clerk for the appropriate county court division by sending to him—

(a)where an offender is released on bail, a copy of any recognizance entered into; and

(b)a certificate of the conviction or order made by the court of summary jurisdiction.

Release on Licence

126B.—(1) Where a court of summary jurisdiction orders that Article 26 of the 1996 Order shall apply, the court shall cause a note to that effect to be entered in the Order Book and in the warrant of commitment.

(2) Where a court of summary jurisdiction commits an offender to the Crown Court under Article 28(2)(b) of the 1996 Order, the clerk of petty sessions shall send to the chief clerk for the appropriate county court division—

(a)a certificate of the conviction by the court of summary jurisdiction;

(b)a copy of any written statement which was tendered in evidence at the hearing;

(c)where available, a copy of any report relating to the offender which was considered by the court of summary jurisdiction;

(d)a copy of any recognizance entered into.

(3) For the purposes of this Rule “the appropriate county court division” means—

(a)where the order that Article 26 of the 1996 Order shall apply was made by the Crown Court, the county court division in which is located the place at which the Crown Court sat when that order was made;

(b)where the order that Article 26 of the 1996 Order shall apply was made by a court of summary jurisdiction, the county court division in which the offender resides.”.

Notification of conviction before expiration of period of deferment

5.  In Rule 127 paragraph (1) for the words “Article 14 of the Treatment of Offenders (Northern Ireland) Order 1976” there shall be substituted the words “Article 3 of the Criminal Justice (Northern Ireland) Order 1996”.

New Section L in Part VII of the principal Rules

6.  In Part VII of the principal Rules after Section “K”, there shall be added the following new Section—

“LMental Health (Northern Ireland) Order 1986(5)

Supervision and Treatment Order

147A.—(1) In this Rule—

(a)“the 1986 Order” means the Mental Health (Northern Ireland) Order 1986;

(b)“the petty sessions district concerned” has the meaning assigned to it by paragraph 3(4) of Schedule 2A to the 1986 Order;

(c)“supervision and treatment order” means a supervision and treatment order under Schedule 2A to the 1986 Order;

(d)“supervised person” and “supervising officer” have the meanings assigned to them by paragraph 1(1) of Schedule 2A to the 1986 Order;

(2) An application to a court of summary jurisdiction under paragraph 7(2) or 8(1) of Schedule 2A to the 1986 Order shall be in Form 124 and shall be served on the clerk of petty sessions for the petty sessions district concerned at least 14 days before the hearing of the application and shall be accompanied by a copy of the supervision and treatment Order, to which the application relates.

(3) A copy of Form 124 and of the supervision and treatment order referred to in paragraph (2) shall also be served on the respondent.

(4) The respondent to the application shall be either the supervised person, if the applicant is the supervising officer or the supervising officer, if the applicant is the supervised person.

(5) If the applicant or the respondent fails to appear or to be represented at the hearing of the application without reasonable excuse, the court may adjourn the hearing or may decide the application in his absence.”.

Documents to be sent to the chief clerk and to the parties to the Appeal

7.  Rule 155 shall be amended as follows:

(a)by deleting in paragraph (1)(c) the word “and”;

(b)by inserting in paragraph (1)(d), after the words “Criminal Justice (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act (Northern Ireland) 1968(6)” the words “and any pre-sentence report or medical report, within the meaning of the Criminal Justice (Northern Ireland) Order 1996, which was considered at the trial of the appellant), and”;

(c)by inserting in paragraph (1), after sub-paragraph (d) the following new sub-paragraph—

“(e)a copy of any entry in the Order Book made in pursuance of Article 10(7); 13(9); 15(4) or 19(5) of the 1996 Order, or under Rule 125A.”.

Amendments to Schedule 1

8.  Schedule 1 shall be amended as follows:

(a)by substituting for Form 14, the new Form 14 set out in Schedule 1 to these Rules;

(b)by substituting in Form 87, for the number “21” each time it appears, the number “18”;

(c)by inserting, in the place appropriate to its number, each new Form set out in Schedule 2 to these Rules.

Irvine of Lairg, C.
Dated 9th December 1997.

SCHEDULE 1

“Form 14Magistrates' Courts (Northern Ireland) Order 1981(Article 114; Rules 14, 15, 125A and 143)Criminal Justice (Northern Ireland) Order 1996(Article 19, 21)



SCHEDULE 2

“Form 11AMagistrates' Courts (Northern Ireland) Order 1981(Rule 16)Criminal Justice (Northern Ireland) Order 1996(Articles 5(5)(a), 28(2)(b), Schedule 2; paragraphs 3(3), 7(2)(b) and 9(2)(b))



“Form 14AMagistrates' Courts (Northern Ireland) Order 1981(Rules 7, 17 and 126B)Criminal Justice (Northern Ireland) Order 1996(Article 27)



“Form 14BMagistrates' Courts (Northern Ireland) Order 1981(Rules 8 and 126B)Criminal Justice (Northern Ireland) Order 1996(Article 27)



“Form 14CMagistrates' Courts (Northern Ireland) Order 1981(Rules 14, 126B and 143)Criminal Justice (Northern Ireland) Order 1996(Article 27)



“Form 14DMagistrates' Courts (Northern Ireland) Order 1981(Article 114; Rule 14, 15, 126B and 143)Criminal Justice (Northern Ireland) Order 1996(Article 27)



“Form 14EMagistrates' Courts (Northern Ireland) Order 1981(Article 114; Rule 14, 15, 126B and 143)Criminal Justice (Northern Ireland) Order 1996(Article 28(2)(b))



“Form 14FMagistrates' Courts (Northern Ireland) Order 1981(Article 114; Rule 14, 15, 126B and 143)Criminal Justice (Northern Ireland) Order 1996(Article 28(1))



“Form 63AMagistrates' Courts (Northern Ireland) Order 1981(Rules 14 and 125)Criminal Justice (Northern Ireland) Order 1996(Article 4)



“Form 63BMagistrates' Courts (Northern Ireland) Order 1981(Rules 7, 17 and 125)Criminal Justice (Northern Ireland) Order 1996(Article 5)



“Form 63CMagistrates' Courts (Northern Ireland) Order 1981(Rules 8 and 125)Criminal Justice (Northern Ireland) Order 1996(Article 5)



“Form 63DMagistrates' Courts (Northern Ireland) Order 1981(Rules 14, 125 and 143)Criminal Justice (Northern Ireland) Order 1996(Article 5)



“Form 63EMagistrates' Courts (Northern Ireland) Order 1981(Article 114; Rules 14, 15, 125 and 143)Criminal Justice (Northern Ireland) Order 1996(Article 5(5)(a))



“Form 69AMagistrates' Courts (Northern Ireland) Order 1981(Rules 14 and 126)Criminal Justice (Northern Ireland) Order 1996(Article 10)



“Form 69BMagistrates' Courts (Northern Ireland) Order 1981(Rules 14 and 126)Criminal Justice (Northern Ireland) Order 1996(Article 13)



“Form 69CMagistrates' Courts (Northern Ireland) Order 1981(Rules 14 and 126)Criminal Justice (Northern Ireland) Order 1996(Article 15)



“Form 69DMagistrates' Courts (Northern Ireland) Order 1981(Rules 7, 17 and 126)Criminal Justice (Northern Ireland) Order 1996(Schedule 2, paragraph 2)



“Form 69EMagistrates' Courts (Northern Ireland) Order 1981(Rules 8 and 126)Criminal Justice (Northern Ireland) Order 1996(Schedule 2, paragraph 2)



“Form 69FMagistrates' Courts (Northern Ireland) Order 1981(Rules 14, 126 and 143)Criminal Justice (Northern Ireland) Order 1996(Schedule 2, paragraph 2)



“Form 69GMagistrates' Courts (Northern Ireland) Order 1981(Rules 14 and 126)Criminal Justice (Northern Ireland) Order 1996(Schedule 2, paragraph 3)



“Form 69HMagistrates' Courts (Northern Ireland) Order 1981(Rules 126)Criminal Justice (Northern Ireland) Order 1996(Schedule 2 paragraph 7, 9, 12, 13 and 15)



“Form 69IMagistrates' Courts (Northern Ireland) Order 1981(Rules 8 and 126)Criminal Justice (Northern Ireland) Order 1996(Schedule 2 paragraph 7, 12 and 17)



“Form 69JMagistrates' Courts (Northern Ireland) Order 1981(Rules 14, 126 and 143)Criminal Justice (Northern Ireland) Order 1996(Schedule 2 paragraph 7 and 17)



“Form 69KMagistrates' Courts (Northern Ireland) Order 1981(Rules 14 and 126)Criminal Justice (Northern Ireland) Order 1996(Schedule 2 paragraph 7, 12, 13 and 15)



“Form 69LMagistrates' Courts (Northern Ireland) Order 1981(Article 114; Rules 14, 15, 126 and 143)Criminal Justice (Northern Ireland) Order 1996(Schedule 2 paragraphs 3(1)(d), 7(2)(a)(ii))



“Form 69MMagistrates' Courts (Northern Ireland) Order 1981(Rule 126A)Criminal Justice (Northern Ireland) Order 1996(Schedule 2 paragraph 3(4))



“Form 69NMagistrates' Courts (Northern Ireland) Order 1981(Article 114; Rules 14, 15, 126, 126A and 143)Criminal Justice (Northern Ireland) Order 1996(Schedule 2 paragraph 3(3))



“Form 69OMagistrates' Courts (Northern Ireland) Order 1981(Article 114; Rules 14, 126, 126A and 143)Criminal Justice (Northern Ireland) Order 1996(Schedule 2 paragraph 7(2)(b) and 9(2)(b))



“Form 69PMagistrates' Courts (Northern Ireland) Order 1981(Rules 14, 126 and 126A)Criminal Justice (Northern Ireland) Order 1996(Article 24)



“Form 69QMagistrates' Courts (Northern Ireland) Order 1981(Article 114; Rules 14, 15, 126 and 143)Criminal Justice (Northern Ireland) Order 1996(Article 24)



“Form 124Magistrates' Courts (Northern Ireland) Order 1981(Rules 147A)Mental Health (Northern Ireland) Order 1986(Schedule 2A paragraph 7(2), 8(1))



“Form 125Magistrates' Courts (Northern Ireland) Order 1981(Rules 14 and 147A)Mental Health (Northern Ireland) Order 1986(Schedule 2, Paragraph 7(2), 11(1)(b))



Explanatory Note

(This note is not part of the Rules.)
These Rules amend the Magistrates' Courts Rules (Northern Ireland 1984 (“the principal Rules”) in consequence of the Criminal Justice (Northern Ireland) Order 1996 (“the Order”). The Order provides a sentencing framework which lays down procedural requirements which a court must observe before imposing certain sentences and makes two new disposals (a combination order and a custody probation order) available to the court. The Order restates with some amendments, provision made in the Probation Act (Northern Ireland) 1950 and Part III of the Treatment of Offenders (Northern Ireland) Order 1976. The Order further makes provision with respect to mentally disordered offenders and to release on licence of sex offenders.
The Rules more specifically—
(1) restate provision made in the principal Rules in relation to orders for absolute or conditional discharge (new Rule 125);
(2) restate, and extend provision made in the principal Rules in relation to probation orders, to community service orders and combination orders (new Rule 126);
(3) provide the procedure for the committal of an offender to the Crown Court under Schedule 2 to the Order (new Rule 126A);
(4) provide for the entry in the Order Book of statements, a court is required to make in accordance with the Order (new Rule 125A); and provides that such entries must be forwarded to an appellate court (Rule 7);
(5) prescribe the procedure (and forms) for the committal of an offender, released on licence under Article 26, to the Crown Court under Article 28(2)(b) (new Rule 126B);
(6) prescribe the procedure (and forms) to take account of the supervisory role placed on a court of summary jurisdiction in relation to supervision and treatment orders (a new means of disposal available to the Crown Court on a finding of insanity or unfit to be tried) (new Rule 147A).
The Rules replace a number of Forms, previously prescribed in the Probation Rules (Northern Ireland) 1950 (S.R. 1950 No. 58).


(1)
S.I. 1981/1675 (N.I. 26)

(2)
S.R. 1984 No. 225

(3)
S.I. 1976/226 (N.I. 4)

(4)
S.I. 1996/3160 (N.I. 24)

(5)
S.I. 1986/595 (N.I. 4)

(6)
1968 c. 29 (N.I.)
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