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Magistrates' courts' new powers to issue unlimited fines for health and safety offences


New legislation has come into force granting magistrates powers to issue unlimited fines for health and safety offences in England and Wales.The legislation, contained in section 85 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012, came into effect on 12 March 2015, and provides that fines with previous upper limits of £5,000 or more are no longer capped, and will now be unlimited.

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