451. Fixing and taking recognisances.

Where a magistrates' court1 has power to take any recognisance, the court may, instead of taking it, fix the amount2 in which the principal and his sureties3, if any, are to be bound4. Thereafter the recognisance may be taken by any such person as may be prescribed5, namely any justice of the peace, justices' legal adviser, designated officer for a magistrates' court, police officer not below the rank of inspector, officer in charge of a police station, or, in cases where the person to be bound is in a prison or other place of detention, the governor or keeper