Giles Fleming: ‘Consecutive sentences for summary offences can exceed 6 months in limited circumstances’
26 November 2021
There are several interesting points in the recent Court of Appeal judgement in the case of Jex  EWCA Crim 1708. One that may get missed is a re-statement of a little-known rule regarding consecutive sentences for summary-only offences: where a Magistrates’ Court sentences for multiple summary offences, but at the same time also sentences for two or more either way offences, even the summary matters can be made consecutive up to a 12 month overall maximum. The usual 6-month total limit for multiple summary offences is lifted. The same applies on a committal for sentence, even if the Crown Court is restricted to Magistrates’ powers. See paragraph 40 onwards.
Giles Fleming is a barrister at Drystone Chambers.