Stay of proceedings

176 Stay of proceedings

(1)

The Attorney-General may, at any time after a person has been charged with an offence and before judgment is given, direct that the proceedings be stayed.

(2)

If a direction is given under subsection (1), the relevant proceedings are stayed.

(3)

If a charge is filed against the Crown Law Office in respect of an offence referred to in section 6 of the Crown Organisations (Criminal Liability) Act 2002, any decision to issue a direction under subsection (1) in respect of the proceedings to which the charge relates must be made by the Attorney-General personally.

(4)

The Attorney-General must give notice to the court if he or she gives a direction under subsection (1), but failure to give notice does not affect that direction.

Compare: 1957 No 87 s 77A; 1961 No 43 s 378