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Judicial Review and Courts Act 2022

Section 13 of the Act provides that from Monday, 2nd May, 2022, a magistrates’ court may impose a sentence of 12 months’ imprisonment for a single offence that is triable either way, in place of the current maximum of 6 months’ imprisonment.

This applies to offences committed on/after 2nd May 2022.

The increased sentencing powers is likely to see more triable either way offences remain in the magistrates’ court, in an attempt to ease the backlog of trials pending at the crown court.

Read more about the increased sentencing powers for the magistrates’ court.