Covid-19 related prosecutions (FOI)
Covid-19 related prosecutions (FOI)Produced by the Freedom of Information office
Authored by Government of Jersey and published on 26 July 2021.
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How many fines were handed out in Jersey for breaches of the Covid-19 Laws / Regulations in 2020 to date? The amounts of the fines that were issued and what they were for and were they paid?
And also, whether any of these cases for breaches of Covid-19 Laws / Regulations from 2020 to date went to court and if so, were they successful or were they thrown out and unsuccessful in court?
Lastly did has any individual spend time in Jail for breaking any Covid-19 Laws / Regulations in 2020 to date and if so, how long did they spend in Jail and was this instead of paying a fine?
Information supplied by the States of Jersey Police:
A and B
Further to the previous responses linked here:
Covid-19 legislation prosecutions (FOI)
Prosecutions under the Covid-19 legislation (FOI)
When the court issues a fine in Jersey, it is in conjunction with an alternate prison sentence, linked to the level of fine. A total of 35 fines have been issued at court for breaches of various Covid-19 regulations.
Fourteen fines between £300 - £500 or three-weeks imprisonment
Twenty fines between £600 - £900 or three-weeks imprisonment
Four fines between £4000 - £6000 (2nd offences) or between eight and 24-weeks imprisonment.
One fine of £350,000 at Royal Court. No prison alternative was given.
In four cases, the offender was bound over to keep the peace for six months.
Of the 71 offences identified to date, 43 were dealt with by way of fine or Bound Over and 19 by way of words of advice (Not prosecuted). Nine cases were either withdrawn from prosecution, found not guilty or are awaiting trial.
The States of Jersey Police hold no information on whether fines have been paid or whether the option of Prison was taken. This would require a search through paper records, which they estimate would take over 12.5 hours. Article 16 of the Freedom of Information (Jersey) Law 2021 has therefore been applied.
Additional information provided by Home Affairs:
Since April 2020 Thirteen Receptions have been received at La Moye Prison under COVID19 (Screening, Assessment, Isolation) (Jersey) Regulations 2020 broken down as follows:
Number of Receptions
|Remanded for 1 Day until Court Appearance - Fined and Given time to pay / Received payment||4|
|Remanded for 1 Day - Released from Court Bailed - do not know the outcome||3|
|Fined £400 or 3 Weeks - Served the Default||1|
|Fined £600 or 3 Weeks - Served the Default||1|
|Fined £5,900 or 15 weeks - Served the Default||1|
|Fined £300 or 3 weeks - Served 3 Days then payment received||1|
|Fined £300 or 3 Weeks - Part Payment Received, Served the rest 1 ||1|
|Fined £4,000 or 12 weeks - Served 1 Day Released on Payment 1||1|
Time served is subject to Remission of a third. Individuals may have also been in custody for other charges.
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