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Radical Increase in Sentencing Powers for Magistrates

March 27, 2015

Businesses and individuals summarily convicted of certain offences now face unlimited fines, since the previous statutory maximum of £5,000 has been lifted. Section 85 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 came into force on the 12th of March this year and has significantly enhanced the sentencing powers of the Magistrates’ Courts in relation to relevant offences committed after that date.