Criminal Justice Act 1925

The Criminal Justice Act 1925 (15 & 16 Geo.5 c.86) is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. Most of it has been repealed.

Criminal Justice Act 1925
Long titleAn Act to amend the law with respect to the administration of criminal justice in England, and otherwise to amend the criminal law.
Royal assent22 December 1925
Status: Amended

Section 36 of the Act makes it an offence to make a false statement to obtain a passport. The maximum sentence is two years.

Section 41 prohibits the taking of photographs in a court in England and Wales, save for Supreme Court.[1] In September 2011, Lord Chancellor Kenneth Clarke announced that the government intended to partially repeal this ban in order to increase the public's understanding of the administration of justice.[2] Initially, filming of the handing down of judgments in the Court of Appeal will be permitted, with a view that filming of sentencing remarks will eventually be permitted in the Crown Court.[3]

Other provisions of the Act deal with criminal procedure against corporations, the defence of marital coercion (since abolished), and unlawful possession of pension documents.


  1. ^ This exception was added by section 47(1) of the Constitutional Reform Act 2005 when the court was created.
  2. ^ UKPA, "Clarke to lift court filming ban", Google News (6 September 2011)[dead link]
  3. ^ BBC News, "Court broadcast of judges' remarks to be allowed", (6 September 2011)

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