The Criminal Justice Act of 1988 Section 39

Updated February 21, 2017

The Criminal Justice Act of 1988 is one of several criminal justice acts that clarifies and updates the criminal justice code of the United Kingdom, which does not have a written Constitution like the United States. Section 39 deals with common assault and battery.

Section 39

Section 39 of the Criminal Justice Act of 1988 declares common assault and battery a summary offence.

Summary Offenses

A summary offence is a crime that does not require a trial and does not show up on the guilty party's criminal record.


According to the act, the punishment for a common assault or battery is a maximum of six months in jail or a fine not exceeding level five on the standard scale.

Level 5

The maximum amount that a level five fine can be is 2268 Kilogram.

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Drew Lichtenstein started writing in 2008. His articles have appeared in the collegiate newspaper "The Red and Black." He holds a Master of Arts in comparative literature from the University of Georgia.