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The Police and Criminal Evidence (Northern Ireland) Order 1989


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Interpretation of Part IX

70.—(1) In this Part—

“confession” includes any statement wholly or partly adverse to the person who made it, whether made to a person in authority or not and whether made in words or otherwise;

“Service court” means a court-martial or a Standing Civilian Court; and

“sexual offence” has the meaning given in section 58(5) of the Children and Young Persons Act (Northern Ireland) 1968(1).

(2) In this Part references to conviction before a Service court are references—

(a)as regards a court-martial constituted under the Army Act 1955(2) or the Air Force Act 1955(3), to a finding of guilty which is, or falls to be treated as, a finding of the court duly confirmed;

(b)as regards—

(i)a court-martial; or

(ii)a disciplinary court,

constituted under the Naval Discipline Act 1957(4), to a finding of guilty which is, or falls to be treated as, the finding of the court.

(3) Nothing in this Part shall prejudice any power of a court to exclude evidence (whether by preventing questions from being put or otherwise) at its discretion.

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