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Abolish the 6-month statutory time limit for prosecuting summary-only offences

Submitted by Lawrence Pereira on Thursday 19th March 2020

Published on Friday 17th April 2020

Current status: Closed

Closed: Saturday 17th October 2020

Signatures: 58

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Abolish the 6-month statutory time limit for prosecuting summary-only offences

Petition Details

The Government should introduce legislation to amend the Magistrates Court Act 1980 in such a way that it removes the 6 month limit for prosecutions of offences classed as summary-only and which are triable only in the Magistrates Court.

Additional Information

The Magistrates Court Act is now over 40 years old. Evidential requirements on police have changed significantly in that time, as have CPS procedures for bringing prosecutions.The time limit applies to offences like drink-driving, harassment and common assault. There are numerous cases of offenders (including domestic abuse perpetrators) escaping justice for no other reason than the police and CPS are unable to bring a case before a court within 6 months. This law needs urgently updating.


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