Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Act 2006

Summary trial of offences.

4.— (1) The District Court may try summarily a person charged with an offence under section 2 (2) or 3 (2) if—

(a) the court is of opinion that the facts alleged constitute a minor offence fit to be tried summarily,

(b) the accused, on being informed by the court of his or her right to be tried with a jury, does not object to being tried summarily for the offence, and

(c) the Director of Public Prosecutions consents to the accused being tried summarily for the offence.

(2) Upon conviction of a person by the District Court of an offence under this section, the person shall be liable to a fine not exceeding €5,000 or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 12 months or to both.