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Have the maximum financial penalties for offences under the General Product Safety Regulations 2005 increased following the extension of the Magistrates sentencing power under Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment Offenders Act 2012?

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  • Have the maximum financial penalties for offences under the General Product Safety Regulations 2005 increased following the extension of the Magistrates sentencing power under Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment Offenders Act 2012?

Have the maximum financial penalties for offences under the General Product Safety Regulations 2005 increased following the extension of the Magistrates sentencing power under Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment Offenders Act 2012?

Section 85 of Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO 2012) provides that a relevant offence which is punishable on summary conviction by a fine or maximum fine of £5,000 or more (however expressed) becomes punishable on summary conviction by a fine of any amount. An offence is relevant if, immediately before 12 March 2015, it is a common law offence, or it is contained in a statute or a statutory instrument made under an Act. The effect of this was to remove the maximum limit on the financial penalty which the magistrates can impose following summary conviction of an offence committed on or after 12 March 2015. This means that for all offences committed on or after 12 March 2015, the legislation must be read as if all

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