Letter Stealing (Scotland) Act 1836
(6 Will 4 c.21, 21st June 1836)
An Act to provide that Persons in Scotland accused of Letter Stealing shall not be entitled to Liberation on Bail unless in certain Cases.
[21st June 1836.]
WHEREAS by the Law of Scotland Persons committed for any Crime or Offence of which the Punishment is not Capital are entitled to be liberated on Bail, excepting in the Case of Forgery, as provided under an Act passed in the Fifth and Sixth Years of the Reign of His present Majesty King William the Fourth, intituled An Act to provide that Persons accused of Forgery in Scotland shall not be entitled to Bail, unless in certain Cases: And whereas an Act was passed in the Fifth and Sixth Years of the Reign of His said present Majesty, intituled An Act for abolishing Capital Punishments in Cases of Letter Stealing and Sacrilege: And whereas it is expedient that no Person in Scotland committed on Charge of Letter Stealing or other Crime or Offence against the Post Office described and enumerated in the said last-recited Act should be entitled to insist on Liberation on Bail: Be it therefore enacted by the King'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, That from and after the passing of this Act no Person in Scotland committed for Trial on Charge of Letter Stealing or other Crime or Offence against the Post Office described and enumerated in the said last recited Act shall be entitled to insist on Liberation on Bail; without Prejudice nevertheless to the Liberation of any such Person as heretofore with the Consent of the Public Prosecutor, and on such Bail only as he may agree to.
II. Provided always, and be it enacted, That it shall be in the Power of any One of the Judges of the Court of Justiciary in Scotland, or of the Sheriff or Sheriff Substitute of the County within which any Person accused of Letter Stealing or other Crime or Offence against the Post Office aforesaid shall be committed, to admit such Person to Bail; provided that it shall appear to the Judge to be consistent with the Ends of Justice so to do; and the Bail to be taken shall be of such Amount as such Judge shall in the Circumstances of the Case think necessary for insuring the Appearance for Trial of the Person accused; any Act or Acts of Parliament, or any Law or Practice in Scotland, in anywise to the contrary notwithstanding.
III. And be it enacted, That this Act may be repealed or altered by any Act or Acts to be passed in the present Session of Parliament.