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Northern Ireland Statutory Rules

Version as made

2014 No. 12

  • Version as made

Introductory Text

Statutory Rules of Northern Ireland

2014 No. 12

Magistrates’ Courts


The Magistrates’ Courts (Amendment) Rules (Northern Ireland) 2014


17th January 2014

Coming into operation

17th February 2014

The Magistrates’ Courts Rules Committee makes the following Rules in exercise of the powers conferred by Article 13 of the Magistrates’ Courts (Northern Ireland) Order 1981(1) after consultation with the Department of Justice and the agreement of the Lord Chief Justice.

Citation and Commencement

1.  These Rules shall be cited as the Magistrates’ Courts (Amendment) Rules (Northern Ireland) 2014 and shall come into operation on 17th February 2014.

Amendment to the Magistrates’ Courts Rules (Northern Ireland) 1984

2.  The Magistrates’ Courts Rules (Northern Ireland) 1984(2 ) are amended as follows—

(1)  In Rule 11(3A) after sub-paragraph (b) insert—
“(c) by sending a copy of the summons by registered post or by the recorded delivery service in an envelope addressed to the person to be served at his usual or last known place of abode.”
(2)  In Rule 105—
(a) In paragraph (1) for “will result in the issue of-” substitute “may result in a Fine Default Hearing at which the court will consider enforcement of the sum under Article 92 of the Order.”;
(b) Omit sub-paragraphs (1) (a) and (b) ;
(c) For paragraph (2) substitute—
“(2)   Where a person has defaulted in paying a sum adjudged to be paid by conviction or any instalment or part of such sum, the clerk of petty sessions may apply to a district judge (magistrates’ courts) for the issue of a notice in Form 60C to the defendant notifying him of the date, time and place of the Fine Default Hearing and advising him of his right to attend the hearing, to make representations and to apply for legal aid.”;
(d) In paragraph (3) —
(i) For “this Rule” substitute “paragraph (1) and paragraph (2B) ”; and
(ii) For “offender” substitute “defendant”;
(e) After paragraph (3) insert—
“(4)   A district judge (magistrates’ courts) may direct that a notice under paragraph (2) may be served by–
(a) delivering a copy to the defendant or by leaving it for him with some person apparently over the age of sixteen years at his usual or last known place of abode or his place of business;
(b) sending a copy of the notice by ordinary post in an envelope addressed to the defendant at his usual or last known place of abode; or
(c) sending a copy of the notice by registered post or the recorded delivery service in an envelope addressed to the defendant at his usual or last known place of abode.
(5)   A notice under paragraph (2) shall be served a reasonable time before the Fine Default Hearing.
(6)   The person who serves the notice under paragraph (2) shall complete and sign the certificate of service on the original notice.
(7)   If the defendant fails to appear in person or by his legal representative in response to a notice of a Fine Default Hearing served under sub-paragraph 4(b) or (c) , such service shall not be valid unless an acknowledgement of service appearing to be signed by the defendant or his solicitor is produced to the court.
(8)   Unless the contrary is proved, the signed acknowledgement of service shall be taken as proof of service and the notice shall be deemed to have been served at the time at which the envelope containing it would have been delivered in the ordinary course of post.”
(3)  For Form 60, substitute the new Form 60 set out in the Schedule to these Rules.
(4)  After Form 60B insert new Form 60C set out in the Schedule to these Rules. William A McNallyMarc LittleEoghan McKennaPeter LuneyDated 17th January 2014