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CRIMINAL JUSTICE ACT (NORTHERN IRELAND) 2013

Acts of the Northern Ireland Assembly

Version 10/07/2015

2013 CHAPTER 7

Default Geographical Extent: N.I.


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Introductory Text

Criminal Justice Act (Northern Ireland) 2013

2013 CHAPTER 7

An Act to amend the law relating to sex offender notification, sexual offences prevention orders and human trafficking; to provide for the destruction, retention, use and other regulation of certain fingerprints and DNA samples and profiles; to provide for the release on licence of persons detained under Article 45(2) of the Criminal Justice (Children) (Northern Ireland) Order 1998; to amend Article 21BA of the Criminal Evidence (Northern Ireland) Order 1999; to abolish the common law offence of scandalising the judiciary; and to permit criminal proceedings on Sunday at certain times.

[25th April 2013]

BE IT ENACTED by being passed by the Northern Ireland Assembly and assented to by Her Majesty as follows:

Sex offenders


1—(1)  Part 2 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 is amended as follows.

(2)  In section 82 (the notification period) at the end insert—
“(7)   Schedule 3A (which provides for the review and discharge of indefinite notification requirements) has effect.”.
(3)  After Schedule 3 insert the Schedule set out in Schedule 1 to this Act.
2—(1)  Part 2 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 is amended as follows.

(2)  After section 85 insert— “85A     Notification requirements: absence from notified residence
(1)   This section applies to a relevant offender at any time if the last home address notified by him under section 83(1) , 84(1) or 85(1) was an address in Northern Ireland such as is mentioned in section 83(7) (a) (sole or main residence).
(2)   If the relevant offender intends to be absent from that home address for a period of more than 3 days (“ the relevant period ”) , the relevant offender must, not less than 12 hours before leaving that home address, notify to the police the information set out in subsection (3).
(3)   The information is—
(a) the date on which the relevant offender will leave that home address;
(b) such details as the relevant offender holds about—
(i) his travel arrangements during the relevant period;
(ii) his accommodation arrangements during that period;
(iii) his date of return to that home address.
(4)   In this section— “travel arrangements” include, in particular, details of the means of transport to be used and the dates of travel, “accommodation arrangements” include, in particular, the address of any accommodation at which the relevant offender will spend the night during the relevant period and the nature of that accommodation.
(5)   Where—
(a) a relevant offender has given a notification under subsection (2) , and
(b) at any time before that mentioned in that subsection, the information notified becomes inaccurate or incomplete, the relevant offender must give a further notification under subsection (2).
(6)   Where a relevant offender—
(a) has notified a date of return to his home address, but
(b) returns to his home address on a date other than that notified, the relevant offender must notify the date of his actual return to the police within 3 days of his actual return.
(7)   Nothing in this section requires an offender to notify any information which falls to be notified in accordance with a requirement imposed by regulations under section 86.
(8)   In calculating the relevant period for the purposes of this section there is to be disregarded—
(a) any period or periods which the relevant offender intends to spend at, or travelling directly to or from, an address of the kind mentioned in section 83(5) (g) notified to the police under section 83 or 85;
(b) any period or periods which the relevant offender intends to spend at, or travelling directly to or from, any premises, if his stay at those premises would give rise to a requirement to notify the address of those premises under section 84(1) (c).
(9)   This section applies in relation to any relevant period which begins on or after the day after the coming into operation of section 2 of the Criminal Justice Act (Northern Ireland) 2013.”.
(3)  In section 87(1) and (4) (method of notification) for “or 85(1) ” substitute “ , 85(1) or 85A(2) or (6) ”.
(4)  In section 91 (offences) —
(a) in subsection (1) (a) after “85(1) ” insert “ , 85A(2) or (6) ”;
(b) in subsection (1) (b) for “or 85(1) ” substitute “ , 85(1) or 85A(2) or (6) ”;
(c) in subsection (3) for “or 85(1) ” substitute “ , 85(1) or 85A(2) or (6) ”.
3—(1)  Part 2 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 is amended as follows.

(2)  In section 93 (abolished homosexual offences) —
(a) for the heading substitute “ Acts which are no longer offences ”;
(b) for “abolished homosexual offences” substitute “ acts which are no longer offences ”.
(3)  In Schedule 4 (procedure for ending notification requirements for abolished homosexual offences) for the heading and paragraph 1 substitute— “PROCEDURE FOR ENDING NOTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS FOR ACTS WHICH ARE NO LONGER OFFENCES Scope of Schedule 1   This Schedule applies where a relevant offender is subject to the notification requirements of this Part as a result of a conviction, finding or caution in respect of an offence under—
(a) section 61 of the Offences against the Person Act 1861 or Article 19 of the Criminal Justice (Northern Ireland) Order 2003 (buggery) ;
(b) section 5 of the Criminal Law Amendment Act 1885 (carnal knowledge of girl under 17) ; or
(c) section 11 of that Act (gross indecency between men).”.
(4)  In Schedule 4 in paragraph 2 for sub-paragraph (1) substitute—
“(1)   The relevant offender may apply to the Department of Justice for a decision as to whether it appears that, at the time of the offence, the other party to the act of buggery, carnal knowledge or gross indecency consented to the act and—
(a) that other party was aged 16 or over, or
(b) where an offender is subject to the notification requirements of this Part as a result of a conviction, the offender was convicted or sentenced on the basis that the offender honestly believed that other party was aged 16 or over.”.
(5)  In Schedule 4 in paragraph 6 in sub-paragraph (2) after “buggery” (twice) insert “ , carnal knowledge ” and after that sub-paragraph insert—
“(3)   Sub-paragraphs (1) and (2) apply, with appropriate modifications, to an offence under Part 2 of the Serious Crime Act 2007 as they apply to the offence of incitement.”. Offences committed in a country outside the United Kingdom (N.I.)
4—(1)  Part 2 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 is amended as follows.

(2)  After section 96 insert—
Annotations:

Commencement Information

I2 S. 2 in force at 24.6.2014 by S.R. 2014/179, art. 2(a)

Ending notification requirements for acts which are no longer offences (N.I.)