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    meaning

    Hi,

    could you please explain the highlighted part of the following sentence:

    A court by or before which a person is convicted of a relevant offence or, if a person convicted of such an offence is committed to it to be dealt with, the Crown Court on dealing with him for the offence, may make a restriction order in relation to him.

    "committed to it to be dealth with" - does it mean that the person is obliged to submit to the court?

    "the Crown Court on dealing with him for the offence" - what does the preposition "on" mean here? Is it the court whose task is to deal with the case?

    Thank you very much.

    Hanka


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    Re: meaning

    It's an awkward sentence. I can make sense of it as follows:

    A court [by or before which a person is convicted of a relevant offence] or the Crown Court, [if a person convicted of such an offence is committed to it to be dealt with], on dealing with him for the offence may make a restriction order in relation to him.


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    Re: meaning

    Thank you! Could you please explain the highlighted parts?


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    Re: meaning

    A court [by or before which a person is convicted of a relevant offence] or the Crown Court, [if a person convicted of such an offence (A) is committed to it to be dealt with], {B}on dealing with him for the offence may make a restriction order in relation to him.

    #Without knowing the rest of the context, it appears that this is discussing the way in which judicial courts handle a particular form of case. The first court is presumably a magistrate's court, whereas the Crown Court is the criminal division.

    So (A) the person may have been committed for trial within the Crown Court system;

    and {B} either court, having dealt with the case, may make a restriction order as a part of their committal after conviction.

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    Re: meaning

    To clarify a bit, Hanka, all criminal cases start in the magistrate's court (sometimes referred to as 'the police court'); but the magistrate's court has limited powers of sentencing . The magistrate's court may find someone guilty, but then refer the case to the Crown Court. I think this is the situation that your quotation refers to.

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