Covid-19 legislation prosecutions (FOI)
Covid-19 legislation prosecutions (FOI)Produced by the Freedom of Information office
Authored by Government of Jersey and published on 12 May 2021.
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At a press briefing earlier in the year, given by the Chief Minister, it was said that there have been 14 prosecutions that has given rise to fines of £25,000 and a potential suspended sentence. I would ask based on the above:
Which people / organisations have been prosecuted to date and to what extent?
Certain hospitality venues were in breach of laws / regulations in the latter part of 2020, please identify them and the levels of prosecution?
The above requests should cover the period 30 November 2020 to 31 March 2021
A and B
The States of Jersey Police record crimes by the date of occurrence.
The table below shows the offence and outcome for offences against Covid-19 legislation heard at the Magistrates court, committed between 30 November 2020 and 31 March 2021.
Further offences did occur during this time but were not prosecuted due to the minor nature of the offence, eg failing to wear a mask. Some offences committed during this period have yet to come to trial. Other offences that occurred before the period requested, may have been prosecuted at court during this time.
The Court Greffe has indicated that a manual trawl of all court cases would be required to provide details of Covid-19 offences prosecuted in this time frame. This would take longer than permitted under the Freedom of Information regulations. Article 16 of the Freedom of Information (Jersey) Law 2011 has therefore been applied.
The information requested includes the names and recorded convictions of individuals. Although reported in court at the time, the name of an individual prosecuted is now considered to be their own Special category data, under the Data Protection (Jersey) Law 2018. Information identifying or enabling the identification of the individual is exempt from disclosure. Details of businesses prosecuted may be withheld if they would suffer any damage to their commercial interests and, it was in the public interest not to disclose. Matters surrounding the Royal Yacht Hotel are widely reported in the press so further disclosure here could not be legally exempted at this time.
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|Fail to self-isolate |
Bound over for six months
|Continued to offend after warnings |
|Fail to self-isolate||Fined £600 each||Two offenders|
|Fail to self-isolate ||Fined £800 |||
|Fail to self-isolate ||Fined £700 and £4000 ||One offender, two separate offences. |
|Fail to self-isolate ||Fined £700 |||
|Continue to operate business (Sauna) ||Fined £350,000 ||Sentenced in April 21 |
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