Criminal Procedure Act 1967
F6 [ Service of documents on accused, etc.
4B. — F7 [ (1) ( a ) Subject to subsection (3), the prosecutor shall cause the documents specified in paragraph ( b ) to be served on the accused or his or her solicitor (if any) not later than 42 days from the date on which —
(i) the accused, on being informed by the District Court of his or her right to be tried by a jury, objects to being tried summarily or the prosecutor informs the court that he or she does not consent to the person being tried summarily for the offence concerned or,
(ii) in the case of an offence in respect of which the prosecutor may elect to prosecute either summarily or on indictment, the prosecutor elects to try the offence on indictment, or
(iii) the District Court determines that the facts alleged do not constitute a minor offence and are not fit to be tried summarily.
( b ) The documents referred to in paragraph ( a ) are:
(i) a statement of the charges against the accused;
(ii) a copy of any sworn information in writing upon which the proceedings were initiated;
(iii) a list of the witnesses the prosecutor proposes to call at the trial;
(iv) a statement of the evidence that is expected to be given by each of them;
(v) a copy of any document containing information which it is proposed to give in evidence by virtue of Part II of the Criminal Evidence Act 1992 ;
(vi) where appropriate, a copy of a certificate under section 6(1) of that Act;
(vii) a list of the exhibits (if any). ]
(2) As soon as the documents mentioned in subsection (1) are served, the prosecutor shall furnish copies of them to the District Court.
(3) On application by the prosecutor, the District Court may extend the period within which the documents mentioned in subsection (1) are to be served if it is satisfied that —
( a ) there is good reason for doing so, and
( b ) it would be in the interests of justice to do so.
(4) An application may be made and an extension may be granted under subsection (3) before or after the expiry of —
( a ) the period of 42 days mentioned in subsection (1), or
( b ) any extension of that period granted under subsection (3).
(5) Where it refuses to grant an extension, the District Court shall strike out the proceedings against the accused in relation to the offence.
(6) The striking out of proceedings under subsection (5) shall not prejudice the institution of any proceedings against the accused by the prosecutor. ]
Inserted (1.10.2001) by Criminal Justice Act 1999 (10/1999), s. 9, S.I. No. 193 of 2001.
Substituted (1.09.2010) by Criminal Procedure Act 2010 (27/2010), s. 37(b), S.I. No. 414 of 2010.
Modifications (not altering text):
Application of section extended (30.07.2013) by European Union (Birds and Natural Habitats) (Sea-fisheries) Regulations 2013 (S.I. No. 290 of 2013), reg. 20(2) and (3).
Matters relating to indictable offences
(2) Where a person elects to be sent forward for trial in the Circuit Court on a plea of not guilty under paragraph (1), the prosecutor shall cause to be served on the accused person or the solicitor (if any) for that person, not later than 42 days after the not guilty plea is entered (or such longer period as the District Court determines under paragraph (3)), any documents that under section 4B (as amended by section 37 of the Criminal Procedure Act 2010 (No. 27 of 2010)) and 4C (inserted by section 9 of the Criminal Justice Act 1999 (No. 10 of 1999)) of the Criminal Procedure Act 1967 (No. 12 of 1967) are required to be served and have not already been served, and a copy of those documents is to be furnished to the District Court.
(3) The District Court may, on the application of the prosecutor, extend the period within which a document required under section 4B of the Criminal Procedure Act 1967 is to be served, where satisfied that—
(a) there is good reason for doing so, and
(b) it would be in the interests of justice to do so.
Application of section extended (1.05.2002) by Children Act 2001 (24/2001), s. 75 (7)(b)(ii) and (iii), S.I. No. 151 of 2002.
Jurisdiction to deal summarily with indictable offences.
(7) (a) Where a child is sent forward for sentence under this section, he or she may withdraw the written plea and plead not guilty to the charge.
(b) In that event—
(i) the court shall enter a plea of not guilty, which shall have the same effect in all respects as if the child had been sent forward for trial to that court on that charge in accordance with Part 1A (inserted by the Criminal Justice Act, 1999) of the Act of 1967,
(ii) the prosecutor shall cause to be served on the child any documents that under section 4B or 4C (as so inserted) of that Act are required to be served and have not already been served, and
(iii) the period referred to in subsection (1) of the said section 4B shall run from the date on which the not guilty plea is entered.
Previous affecting provision: application of section extended (27.08.2009) by European Communities (Habitats and Birds) (Sea-fisheries) Regulations 2009 (S.I. No. 346 of 2009), reg. 15(2) and (3); revoked (30.07.2013) by European Union (Birds and Natural Habitats) (Sea-fisheries) Regulations 2013 (S.I. No. 290 of 2013), reg. 33(1)(a).