In section 39 of the Criminal Law Act 1977 (service of summons and citation throughout United Kingdom) for subsection (1) there is substituted—
“(1) The following documents, namely—
(a) a summons requiring a person charged with an offence to appear before a court in England or Wales,
(b) a written charge (within the meaning of section 29 of the Criminal Justice Act 2003) charging a person with an offence,
(c) a requisition (within the meaning of that section) requiring a person charged with an offence to appear before a court in England or Wales, and
(d) any other document which, by virtue of any enactment, may or must be served on a person with, or at the same time as, a document mentioned in paragraph (a), (b) or (c) above,
may, in such manner as may be prescribed by rules of court, be served on him in Scotland or Northern Ireland.”
The Magistrates' Courts Act 1980 is amended as follows.
(1) Section 1 (issue of summons to accused or warrant for his arrest) is amended as follows.
(2) In subsection (3) after “section” there is inserted “upon an information being laid”.
(3) In subsection (4) after “summons” there is inserted “, or a written charge and requisition,”.
(4) In subsection (6) after “has” there is inserted “, or a written charge and requisition have,”.
(5) After subsection (6) there is inserted—
“(6A) Where the offence charged is an indictable offence and a written charge and requisition have previously been issued, a warrant may be issued under this section
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