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Criminal Appeal Act 1968 (c. 19)

 31   (1)   The Criminal Appeal Act 1968 is amended as follows.
(2)      In section 1 (right of appeal), in subsection (3), for "committed him" there is substituted "sent him to the Crown Court".
(3)      In section 9 (appeal against sentence following conviction on indictment), in subsection (2), the words from "section 41" to "either way offence" are omitted.
 

Theft Act 1968 (c. 60)

 32      In section 27 of the Theft Act 1968 (evidence and procedure on charge of theft or handling stolen goods), subsection (4A) is omitted.
 

Criminal Justice Act 1972 (c. 71)

 33      In section 46 of the Criminal Justice Act 1972 (admissibility of written statements outside England and Wales), subsections (1A) to (1C) are omitted.
 

Interpretation Act 1978 (c. 30)

 34      In Schedule 1 to the Interpretation Act 1978 (words and expressions defined)—
(a)  in the definition of "Committed for trial", paragraph (a) is omitted,
(b)  after the entry for "Secretary of State" there is inserted—
  ""Sent for trial" means, in relation to England and Wales,       sent by a magistrates' court to the Crown Court for trial       pursuant to section 51 or 51A of the Crime and       Disorder Act 1998."
 

Magistrates' Courts Act 1980 (c. 43)

 35   (1)   The Magistrates' Courts Act 1980 is amended as follows.
(2)      Sections 4 to 8 (which relate to committal proceedings) shall cease to have effect and the cross-heading preceding section 4 is omitted.
(3)      In section 29 (power of magistrates' court to remit a person under 17 for trial to a juvenile court in certain circumstances), in subsection (2)(b)(i), for the words from "proceeds" to the end there is substituted "sends him to the Crown Court for trial under section 51 or 51A of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998; and".
(4)      The following sections shall cease to have effect—
(a)  section 97A (summons or warrant as to committal proceedings),
(b)  section 103 (evidence of persons under 14 in committal proceedings for assault, sexual offences etc), and
(c)  section 106 (false written statements tendered in evidence).
(5)      In section 150 (interpretation of other terms), in subsection (1), the definition of "committal proceedings" is omitted.
(6)      In section 155 (short title, extent and commencement), in subsection (2)(a), the words "8 (except subsection (9))" are omitted.
 

Supreme Court Act 1981 (c. 54)

 36   (1)   The Supreme Court Act 1981 is amended as follows.
(2)      In section 76 (committal for trial: alteration of place of trial)—
(a)  in subsection (1), for the words from "varying" (where it first appears) to "to Crown Court)" there is substituted "substituting some other place for the place specified in a notice under section 51D(1) of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 (a "section 51D notice")",
(b)  in subsection (3), for the words "fixed by the magistrates' court, as specified in a notice under a relevant transfer provision" there is substituted "specified in a section 51D notice",
(c)  subsection (5) is omitted, and
(d)  in the heading, for "Committal" there is substituted "Sending".
(3)      In section 77 (committal for trial: date of trial)—
(a)  in subsection (1), for "committal for trial or the giving of a notice of transfer under a relevant transfer provision" there is substituted "being sent for trial",
(b)  in subsection (2), for "committed by a magistrates' court or in respect of whom a notice of transfer under a relevant transfer provision has been given" there is substituted "sent for trial",
(c)  in subsection (3), for "of committal for trial or of a notice of transfer" there is substituted "when the defendant is sent for trial",
(d)  subsection (4) is omitted, and
(e)  in the heading, for "Committal" there is substituted "Sending".
(4)      In section 80 (process to compel appearance), in subsection (2), for "committed" there is substituted "sent".
(5)      In section 81—
(a)  in subsection (1)—
(i)  in paragraph (a)—
(a)(b)
(ii)  in paragraph (g), sub-paragraph (i) is omitted, and
(b)  subsection (7) is omitted.
 

Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (c. 60)

 37   (1)   The Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 is amended as follows.
(2)      In section 71 (microfilm copies), the paragraph beginning "Where the proceedings" is omitted.
(3)      In section 76 (confessions), subsection (9) is omitted.
(4)      In section 78 (exclusion of unfair evidence), subsection (3) is omitted.
 

Prosecution of Offences Act 1985 (c. 23)

 38   (1)   The Prosecution of Offences Act 1985 is amended as follows.
(2)      In section 7A (powers of non-legal staff), for subsection (6) there is substituted—
"(6)      This section applies to an offence if it is triable only on indictment or is an offence for which the accused has been sent for trial."
(3)      In section 16 (defence costs)—
(a)  in subsection (1), paragraph (b) is omitted, and
(b)  in subsection (2)—
(i)  in paragraph (a), for "committed" there is substituted "sent", and
(ii)  paragraph (aa) is omitted, and
(c)  subsection (12) is omitted.
(4)      In section 22 (power of Secretary of State to set time limits in relation to preliminary stages of criminal proceedings), in subsection (11)—
(a)  in paragraph (a) of the definition of "appropriate court", for "committed for trial, sent for trial under section 51 of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998" there is substituted "sent for trial",
(b)  for the definition of "custody of the Crown Court" there is substituted—
  ""custody of the Crown Court" includes custody to which       a person is committed in pursuance of—
(a)  section 43A of the Magistrates' Courts Act 1980 (magistrates' court dealing with a person brought before it following his arrest in pursuance of a warrant issued by the Crown Court); or
(b)  section 52 of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 (provisions supplementing section 51);".
(5)      In section 23 (discontinuance of proceedings in magistrates' court), in subsection (2), for paragraphs (a) to (c) there is substituted—
"(a)  any stage of the proceedings after the court has begun to hear evidence for the prosecution at a summary trial of the offence; or
(b)  any stage of the proceedings after the accused has been sent for trial for the offence."
(6)      In section 23A (discontinuance of proceedings after accused has been sent for trial)—
(a)  in paragraph (b) of subsection (1), the words from "under" to "1998" are omitted, and
(b)  in subsection (2), for "51(7)" there is substituted "51D(1)".
 

Criminal Justice Act 1987 (c. 38)

 39   (1)   The Criminal Justice Act 1987 is amended as follows.
(2)      Sections 4 to 6 (which relate to the transfer of cases to the Crown Court) shall cease to have effect.
(3)      In section 11 (restrictions on reporting)—
(a)  in subsection (2), paragraph (a) is omitted,
(b)  subsection (3) is omitted,
(c)  in subsection (7), "(3)," is omitted,
(d)  in subsection (8), "(3)," is omitted,
(e)  subsections (9) and (10) are omitted,
(f)  in subsection (11), paragraphs (a) and (d) are omitted.
 

Criminal Justice Act 1988 (c. 33)

 40   (1)   The Criminal Justice Act 1988 is amended as follows.
(2)      In section 30 (expert reports), subsection (4A) is omitted.
(3)      In section 40 (power to join in indictment count for common assault etc), in subsection (1)—
(a)  the words "were disclosed to a magistrates' court inquiring into the offence as examining justices or" are omitted,
(b)  after "51" there is inserted "or 51A".
(4)      Section 41 (power of Crown Court to deal with summary offence where person committed for either way offence) shall cease to have effect.
 

Criminal Justice Act 1991 (c. 53)

 41   (1)   The Criminal Justice Act 1991 is amended as follows.
(2)      Section 53 (notices of transfer in certain cases involving children) shall cease to have effect.
(3)      Schedule 6 (notices of transfer: procedures in lieu of committal) shall cease to have effect.
 

Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 (c. 33)

 42   (1)   The Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 is amended as follows.
(2)      In section 34 (effect of accused's failure to mention facts when questioned or charged), in subsection (2)—
(a)  paragraph (a) is omitted, and
(b)  in paragraph (b), for sub-paragraphs (i) and (ii), there is substituted "paragraph 2 of Schedule 3 to the Crime and Disorder Act 1998".
(3)      In section 36 (effect of accused's failure or refusal to account for objects, substances or marks), in subsection (2)—
(a)  paragraph (a) is omitted, and
(b)  in paragraph (b), for sub-paragraphs (i) and (ii), there is substituted "paragraph 2 of Schedule 3 to the Crime and Disorder Act 1998".
(4)      In section 37 (effect of accused's failure or refusal to account for presence at a particular place), in subsection (2)—
(a)  paragraph (a) is omitted, and
(b)  in paragraph (b), for sub-paragraphs (i) and (ii), there is substituted "paragraph 2 of Schedule 3 to the Crime and Disorder Act 1998".
 

Criminal Procedure and Investigations Act 1996 (c. 25)

 43   (1)   The Criminal Procedure and Investigations Act 1996 is amended as follows.
(2)      In section 1 (application of this Part), in subsection (2)—
(a)  paragraphs (a) to (c) are omitted, and
(b)  in paragraph (cc), the words from "under" to the end are omitted.
(3)      In section 5 (compulsory disclosure by accused)—
(a)  in subsection (1), for "(2) to" there is substituted "(3A) and",
(b)  subsections (2) and (3) are omitted, and
(c)  in subsection (3A), in paragraph (b), for "subsection (7) of section 51" there is substituted "subsection (1) of section 51D".
(4)      In section 13 (time limits: transitional), in subsection (1), paragraphs (a) to (c) of the modified section 3(8) are omitted.
(5)      In section 28 (introduction to Part 3), in subsection (1)—
(a)  for paragraph (a) there is substituted—
"(a)  on or after the appointed day the accused is sent for trial for the offence concerned,", and
(b)  paragraph (b) is omitted.
(6)      In section 39 (meaning of pre-trial hearing), in subsection (1), for paragraph (a) there is substituted—
"(a)  after the accused has been sent for trial for the offence, and".
(7)      Section 68 (use of written statements and depositions at trial) and Schedule 2 (statements and depositions) shall cease to have effect.

 
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