447. Recognisances to keep the peace at common law.

A person convicted of any indictable offence, whether at common law or by statute, may be ordered, in addition to or in substitution for any other penalty, to enter into a recognisance, with or without sureties, to keep the peace or to be of good behaviour for a reasonable time to be specified in the order, and to be imprisoned until the recognisances are entered into1. It is doubtful whether or not there is power to order a person to enter into a recognisance for an unlimited period of time, but the established practice has been to impose a