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Criminal Justice (Raves) Bill


 

Criminal Justice (Raves) Bill

 

 
 

Contents

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Amendment of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994

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Short title, commencement and extent

 

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Criminal Justice (Raves) Bill

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A

Bill

To

amend the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 powers in relation to

illegal raves. 

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:—

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Amendment of the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994

(1)   

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.

(2)   

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

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at which it is played”.

(3)   

After subsection (1A) insert—

“(1B)   

A person commits an offence if he organises, either alone or with

others, a gathering to which this section applies.

(1C)   

A person guilty of an offence under subsection (1B) is liable—

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(a)   

on summary conviction, to imprisonment for a term not

exceeding 51 weeks or a fine not exceeding level 3 on the

standard scale, or both;

(b)   

on conviction on indictment, to imprisonment for a term not

exceeding 51 weeks or a fine not exceeding level 5 on the

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standard scale, or both.

(1D)   

A person commits an offence if he transports, by any means, sound

equipment in preparation for a gathering to which this section applies.

(1E)   

A person guilty of an offence under subsection (1D) is liable—

(a)   

on summary conviction, to a fine not exceeding level 2 on the

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standard scale;

(b)   

on conviction on indictment, to a fine not exceeding level 4 on

the standard scale.

 

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(1F)   

A person commits an offence under subsections (1B) or (1D) regardless

of whether the gathering referred to in this section takes place.”

(4)   

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”.

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(5)   

In the title, at the beginning insert “Offences in connection with a rave and”.

(6)   

Section 64 (supplementary powers of entry and seizure) of that Act is amended

as follows.

(7)   

After subsection (5A) insert—

“(5B)   

A constable may seize and remove sound equipment to which section

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63(1D) applies.”

(8)   

Section 66 (power of court to forfeit sound equipment) of that Act is amended

as follows.

(9)   

In subsection (1)—

(a)   

after “seized from him under section 64(4)” insert “or (5B)”, and

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(b)   

after “has been used” insert “, or is likely to have been intended to be

used,”.

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Short title, commencement and extent

(1)   

This Act may be cited as the Criminal Justice (Raves) Act 2008.

(2)   

This Act comes into force at the end of a period of two months beginning with

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the day on which it is passed.

(3)   

This Act extends to England and Wales and Scotland.

 
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