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summary offence

an offence which is charged in a summary court and which accordingly attracts a lesser sentence. The summary court will not have a jury. In the UK such courts are found in the Magistrates Court and the Sheriff Court. See INDICTABLE OFFENCE.
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The surcharge increases to PS520 for a conviction after a not guilty plea and trial for a summary offence, and PS1,000 for a conviction after a not guilty plea for an either way offence.
An indictable offence is more serious under the Criminal Code and there are more procedural issues than with a summary offence.
He said: 'If they go after a fox and it is notified to us that they are committing what is a summary offence we have got to have a proportionate response to this.
Consideration should be given to inserting a sentencing aggravating provision in the summary offence of common assault (s35 Police Offences Act) which applies in cases where the person assaulted was a pregnant woman.
The fee starts at PS150 for a guilty plea for a summary offence, rising to PS180 for a guilty plea for a more serious, either way offence, where defendants have a choice whether to have their case heard at magistrates' or crown court.
The assault charge is a summary offence which on conviction can result in a possible fine and/or imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months.
Richards, of North Way, Seaford, East Sussex, appeared at Lewes Magistrates Court and pleaded not guilty to the summary offence of careless driving.
Richards, of Seaford, East Sussex, appeared at Lewes Magistrates Court and pleaded not guilty to the summary offence of careless driving.
Failure to notify the Garda Siochana or false notification is a summary offence punishable by a fine of up to pounds 1,500 or imprisonment for up to 12 months or both.
Failure to attend will c o n s t i t u t e a summary offence.
But she was not charged until March 2005 - two months after the legal limit for a summary offence had expired.
Jailing Patel, District Judge David Kitson said: "You have pleaded guilty to the offence of wasting police time, a summary offence carrying a maximum punishment of six months in prison.

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