Oil Pollution of the Sea (Civil Liability and Compensation) Act, 1988

Indictment of body corporate.

39.—(1) A body corporate may be sent forward for trial on indictment for an offence under this Act with or without recognisances.

(2) On arraignment before the Central Criminal Court or the Circuit Court, the body corporate may enter in writing by its representative a plea of guilty or not guilty and if it does not appear by a representative appointed by it for the purpose or, though it does so appear, fails to enter any plea, the court shall order a plea of not guilty to be entered and the trial shall proceed as though the body corporate had duly entered that plea.

(3) A statement in writing purporting to be signed by the secretary of the body corporate to the effect that the person named in the statement has been appointed as the representative of the body for the purposes of this section shall be admissible without further proof that the person has been so appointed.

(4) Any summons or other document required to be served for the purpose, or in the course, of proceedings under this section on a body corporate may be served by leaving it at, or sending it by registered post to, the registered office of that body or, if there be no such office in the State, by leaving it at, or by sending it by registered post to, the body at any place in the State at which it conducts its business.