1862: 25 Victoria c.18: Whipping of Juvenile Offenders

1862: 25 Victoria c.18: An Act to amend the Law as to the whipping of Juvenile and other Offenders.

[16th May 1862.]

WHEREAS it is expedient to amend the Law relating to the whipping of Offenders: Be it therefore enacted by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the Advice and Consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the Authority of the same, as follows;

[Regulation as to the whipping of Juvenile Offenders.]

1. Where the Punishment of Whipping is awarded for any Offence by Order of One or more Justice or Justices made in exercise of his or their Power of summary Conviction, or in Scotland by the Court of Justiciary, or by any Sheriff or Magistrate, the Order, Sentence, or Conviction awarding such Punishment shall specify the Number of Strokes to be inflicted and the Instrument to be used in the Infliction of them, and in the Case of an Offender whose Age does not exceed Fourteen Years, the Number of Strokes inflicted shall not exceed Twelve, and the Instrument used shall be a Birch Rod.

[Restriction as to Whippings in Scotland, &c.]

2. No Offender shall be whipped more than once for the same Offence, and in Scotland no Offender above Sixteen Years of Age shall be whipped for Theft, or for Crime committed against Person or Property.

Source: Collection of Public General Statutes, 1862.