2. Sentencing powers of magistrates' courts.

Magistrates' courts1 have power to fine and to imprison certain offenders. Provision in connection with the imposition of fines is made by statute2. The minimum and maximum terms of imprisonment or detention which may be imposed by a magistrates' court are to be found in the enactment creating the offence, subject to the provisions described below3.

Until a day to be appointed4 a magistrates' court does not have power to impose imprisonment5 or detention in a young offender institution6 for more than six months in respect of any one offence7, and unless expressly excluded, this restriction applies even if the