(1) Section 5 of the Indictments Act 1915 (orders for amendment of indictment, separate trial and postponement of trial) is amended as follows.
(2) In subsection (5)(a) for “are to” there is substituted “(if there is one)”.
(3) In subsection (5)(b) after “discharged” there is inserted “under paragraph (a)”.
In section 6(4) of the Criminal Law Act 1967 (trial of offences) after “jury” there is inserted “or otherwise act”.
In section 17 of the Criminal Justice Act 1967 (entry of verdict of not guilty by order of a judge)—
(a) for “the defendant being given in charge to a jury” there is substituted “any further steps being taken in the proceedings”, and
(b) after “verdict of a jury” there is inserted “or a court”.
In section 6(3) of the Criminal Law Act (Northern Ireland) 1967 (trial of offences) after “jury” there is inserted “or otherwise act”.
In section 7(2)(c) of the Criminal Appeal Act 1968 (power to order retrial)—
(a) for “the jury were discharged from giving a verdict” there is substituted “no verdict was given”, and
(b) for “convicting him” there is substituted “his being convicted”.
(1) Section 48 of the Judicature (Northern Ireland) Act 1978 (committal for trial on indictment) is amended as follows.
(2) In subsection (6A) for “the jury are sworn” there is substituted “the time when the jury are sworn”.
(3) After subsection (6A) there is inserted—
“(6B) The reference in subsection (6A) to the time when the jury are sworn includes the time when the jury would be sworn
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