547 Apprehended violence or injury—recognizance to keep
the peace etc
(1) In every case of apprehended violence by any person to the person
of another, or of his wife or child, or of apprehended injury to his property,
any Justice may on the complaint of the person apprehending such violence or
injury, issue a summons or warrant as in any case of apprehended violence to
the person, where at present security is required to keep the peace—and
any Justice may examine the complainant, and defendant, and their witnesses,
as to the truth of the matter alleged, and, if it appears that the
apprehension alleged is reasonable, but not otherwise, the Justice may require
the defendant to enter into a recognizance to keep the peace, with or without
sureties, for a term not exceeding six months, and, in default of its being
entered into forthwith, the defendant may be imprisoned for three months,
unless such recognizance is sooner entered into.
(2) If in any such case the defendant has spoken any offensive or
defamatory words to or of the complainant, on an occasion when a breach of the
peace might have been induced thereby, he may be required by the Justice to
enter into a recognizance, with or without sureties, to be of good behaviour
for a term not exceeding twelve months, and, in default of its being entered
into forthwith, the defendant may be imprisoned for six months, unless such
recognizance is sooner entered into.
(3) The Justice, in every such case, may award costs to either
complainant or defendant, to be recovered as costs in summary jurisdiction
cases are recoverable.