amend the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 powers in relation to
Be it enacted by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and
consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present
Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:—
Amendment of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994
Section 63 (powers to remove persons attending or preparing for a rave) of the
Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 (c. 33) is amended as follows.
In subsection (1) for “by reason of its loudness and duration and the time at
which it is played” substitute “by reason of its loudness or duration or the time
After subsection (1A) insert—
A person commits an offence if he organises, either alone or with
others, a gathering to which this section applies.
A person guilty of an offence under subsection (1B) is liable—
on summary conviction, to imprisonment for a term not
exceeding 51 weeks or a fine not exceeding level 3 on the
on conviction on indictment, to imprisonment for a term not
exceeding 51 weeks or a fine not exceeding level 5 on the
A person commits an offence if he transports, by any means, sound
equipment in preparation for a gathering to which this section applies.
A person guilty of an offence under subsection (1D) is liable—
on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding level 2 on the
on conviction on indictment, to a fine not exceeding level 4 on
A person commits an offence under subsections (1B) or (1D) regardless
of whether the gathering referred to in this section takes place.”
In subsection (6) after “or both” insert “, or on conviction on indictment to
imprisonment for a term not exceeding three years or a fine not exceeding level
5 on the standard scale, or both”.
In the title, at the beginning insert “Offences in connection with a rave and”.
Section 64 (supplementary powers of entry and seizure) of that Act is amended
After subsection (5A) insert—
A constable may seize and remove sound equipment to which section
Section 66 (power of court to forfeit sound equipment) of that Act is amended
after “seized from him under section 64(4)” insert “or (5B)”, and
after “has been used” insert “, or is likely to have been intended to be
Short title, commencement and extent
This Act may be cited as the Criminal Justice (Raves) Act 2008.
This Act comes into force at the end of a period of two months beginning with
the day on which it is passed.
This Act extends to England and Wales and Scotland.