This new Act will bring Psychics, Healers and Mediums under the Consumer Protection Regulations. This means that an individual, or group of people could bring action against these people and others working within the realms of supplying similar psychic services.
Psychics, Healers and Mediums would then have to prove in court their innocence.
This legislation came into effect on 26th May 2008.
What happened to being innocent until proven guilty?
(Seems very Helen Duncanish to me!)
There were between five and six prosecutions under this act between 1980 and 1995. Five were successful.
Be it 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 as follows:
(1) Subject to the provisions of this section, any person who -
(i) with intent to deceive purports to act as spiritualistic medium or to exercise any powers of telepathy, clairvoyance or other similar powers, or
(ii) in purporting to act as a spiritualistic medium or to exercise such powers as aforesaid, uses any fraudulent device, shall be guilty of an offence.
(2) A person shall not be convicted of an offence under the foregoing subsection unless it is provided that he acted for reward; and for the purposes of this section a person shall be deemed to act for reward if any money is paid, or other valuable thing given in respect of what he does, whether to him or any other person.
(3) A person guilty of an offence under this section shall be liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding fifty pounds or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding four months or to both such fine and such imprisonment, or on conviction on indictment for a term not exceeding five hundred pounds or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding two years or to both such fine and such imprisonment.
(4) No proceedings for an offence under this section shall be brought in England and Wales except by or with the consent of the Director of Public Prosecutions.
(5) Nothing in subsection (1) of this section shall apply to anything done solely for the purpose of entertainment.
The following enactments are hereby repealed, that is to say:
(i) the Witchcraft Act 1735, so far as still in force and
(ii) section four of the Vagrancy Act 1824, so far as it extends to persons purporting to act as spiritualistic mediums or to exercise any powers of telepathy, clairvoyance or other similar powers, or to persons who in purporting so to act or to exercise such powers, use fraudulent devices.
3. (1) This Act may be cited as the Fraudulent Mediums Act 1951
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