Changes to institution of proceedings by written charge

Prisons and Courts Bill – in a Public Bill Committee at 6:00 pm on 18th April 2017.

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Question proposed, That the clause stand part of the Bill.

Photo of Oliver Heald Oliver Heald The Minister of State, Ministry of Justice

The clause replaces the single justice procedure notice with the new written procedure notice. The new notice will be used to initiate proceedings that may proceed as now or, if eligible and appropriate, by way of the new automatic online conviction and standard statutory penalty procedure introduced by clause 36. If it is offered, defendants will need to actively opt into using the procedure and will be provided with all the information they need to make an informed decision about whether to use it.

Question put and agreed to.

Clause 35 accordingly ordered to stand part of the Bill.

Clause 36