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Police or public official may issue summons

    (1)     Without limiting the power of a registrar of the Magistrates' Court in any way—

S. 14(1)(a) substituted by No. 37/2014 s. 10(Sch. item 41.2(a)).

        (a)     a police officer; or

        (b)     a public official acting in the performance of his or her duty (whether the power to commence the proceeding is conferred on him or her by or under an Act or at common law)—

        may, after signing a charge-sheet containing a charge, issue a summons to answer to the charge.

Note to s. 14(1) inserted by No. 1/2016 s. 22(2).


There is a presumption in favour of proceeding by summons if an accused is a child—see section 345 of the Children, Youth and Families Act 2005 .

S. 14(2) amended by No. 37/2014 s. 10(Sch. item 41.2(b)).

    (2)     If a police officer or a public official issues a summons under subsection (1), he or she must file the charge-sheet and summons with the appropriate registrar within 7 days after signing the charge-sheet.

    (3)     If it appears to the Magistrates' Court that subsection (2) has not been complied with in relation to a proceeding, the court may strike out the charge.

Note to s. 14(3) amended by No. 68/2009 s. 51(d).


Section 401(3) allows the court to award costs if a charge is struck out.

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