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Definition of Bigamy

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Section 57 Offences against the Person act 1861


Whosoever, being married, shall marry any other person during the life of the former husband or wife, whether the second marriage shall have taken place in England or Ireland or elsewhere, shall be guilty of an offence, and being convicted shall be liable to imprisonment for any term not exceeding seven years. Sentencing: On Summary conviction (Magistrate`s Court) six months imprisonment, a fine not exceeding £5,000, or both.On Indictment (Crown Court): The maximum penalty is seven years imprisonment, a fine, or both. 

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