MH Dispute Resolution

Thursday 27 September 2012

Why the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 is relevant to your business

The Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (Act) will increase the powers of Magistrates’ Courts to impose fines for certain criminal offences in England and Wales. Fines payable in respect of so called “summary” (Magistrates’ Court) or “either way” (Magistrates’ or Crown Court) offences that are currently capped at £5,000 (or at a higher amount) will become fines of an unlimited amount, whilst fines below £5,000 (whether expressed as a fixed fine or by reference to a standard scale) will continue to be capped but the cap may increase.