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Criminal Justice Act (Northern Ireland) 1953

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In this Act, unless the contrary intention appears, the following expressions have the meanings hereby respectively assigned to them, that is to say—

  • Definition rep. by 1980 NI 10

  • “court” does not include a court-martial;

  • “enactment” includes an enactment contained in a local Act and any order, regulation or other instrument having effect by virtue of an Act;

  • “member of the Royal Ulster Constabulary” includes an officer of that force;

  • Definitions rep. by 1980 NI 10

  • “sentence” includes an order for custody in a remand home under section fifty-sixF1 of the Children and Young Persons Act (Northern Ireland), 1950 [1950 c.5] , and an order sending an offender to a training school (a school approved under section one hundred and sixF2 of the Children and Young Persons Act (Northern Ireland), 1950), but does not include a committal in default of payment of any sum of money or for failing to do or abstain from doing anything required to be done or left undone.

(2)Any reference in this Act to a previous sentence of imprisonment shall be construed as including a reference to a previous sentence of penal servitude; any such reference to a previous sentence of Borstal training shall be construed as including a reference to a previous sentence of detention in a Borstal institution and any such reference to a previous conviction or sentence shall be construed as a reference to a previous conviction by a court in any part of the United Kingdom or the Republic of Ireland and to a previous sentence passed by any such court.

(3)References in this Act to an offence punishable with imprisonment [F3 shall be construed in relation to any offender without regard to any prohibition or restriction imposed by or under any enactment upon the imprisonment of offenders of his age, but] shall not be construed as including an offence for which the court is required to impose a sentence of imprisonment for life.

Subs. (4)(5) rep. by 1980 NI 10; subs. (6) rep. by 1954 c. 33 (NI)

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