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Explanatory Memorandum to Criminal Justice (Northern Ireland) Order 2008

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7.9.The Criminal Justice (Northern Ireland) Order 2008 has six Parts, the main elements of which are new sentencing powers (Part 2); risk assessment and management of certain offenders in the community (Part 3); a series of road traffic offences and penalties (Part 4); and a range of miscellaneous matters to enhance the law in a number of areas (Part 5). These are supplemented by 6 Schedules.

7.10.Part 1 is introductory dealing with commencement and interpretation. Part 2 provides changes to the range of sentences available to the courts particularly in relation to dangerous offenders.  It creates new sentences for dangerous sexual and violent offenders and establishes post-release supervision on release from prison.  Other powers provide for the management of low-risk offenders in the community by way of electronic monitoring; the expansion of curfew orders; and the creation of a non-custodial alternative for fine default.

7.11.Part 3 strengthens arrangements to more effectively manage the risk posed by certain offenders in the community by a multi-agency risk management approach.  Parts 4 and 5 deal with a range of other criminal justice matters. They contain road traffic powers; powers to combat alcohol-related disorder; increased penalties for offences relating to knives; and a range of other matters. Part 6 provides Supplementary provisions.

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