A court clerk has become the first person to be prosecuted under the Bribery Act after allegedly accepting £500 to fix a motoring offence.
The clerk faces a charge under Section 2 of the Act for requesting and receiving a bribe intending to improperly perform his functions.
Although this case this case involves the action of an individual, the Bribery Act, which came into force on 1st July 2011, also contains a new strict liability corporate offence of failing to prevent bribery.
It remains to be seen whether the Courts Service will face prosecution for this offence but the only defence for an orgnaisation is to show that it has adequate anti-bribery procedures in place.
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