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The Criminal Justice (Northern Ireland) Order 1998

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9.—(1) A drug treatment and testing order shall include a requirement ( “the treatment requirement”) that the offender shall submit, during the whole of the treatment and testing period, to treatment by or under the direction of a specified person having the necessary qualifications or experience ( “the treatment provider”) with a view to the reduction or elimination of the offender's dependency on or propensity to misuse drugs.

(2) The required treatment for any particular period shall be—

(a)treatment (whether as an in-patient or an out-patient) at such hospital as may be specified in the order, being a hospital within the meaning of the [1972 NI 14.] Health and Personal Social Services (Northern Ireland) Order 1972 approved by the Department of Health and Social Services for the purposes of this paragraph; or

(b)treatment at such intervals, as may be so specified;

but the nature of the treatment shall not be specified in the order except as mentioned in sub-paragraph (a) or (b).

(3) A court shall not make a drug treatment and testing order unless it is satisfied that arrangements have been or can be made for the treatment intended to be specified in the order (including arrangements for the reception of the offender where he is to be required to submit to treatment as an in-patient).

(4) A drug treatment and testing order shall include a requirement ( “the testing requirement”) that, for the purpose of ascertaining whether he has any drug in his body during the treatment and testing period, the offender shall provide during that period, at such times or in such circumstances as may (subject to the provisions of the order) be determined by the treatment provider, samples of such description as may beso determined.

(5) The testing requirement shall specify for each month the minimum number of occasions on which samples are to be provided.

(6) A drug treatment and testing order shall include a provision specifying the petty sessions district in which it appears to the court making the order that the offender resides or will reside.

(7) A drug treatment and testing order shall—

(a)provide that, for the treatment and testing period, the offender shall be under the supervision of a responsible officer, that is to say, a probation officer;

(b)require the offender to keep in touch with the responsible officer in accordance with such instructions as he may from time to time be given by that officer, and to notify him of any change of address; and

(c)provide that the results of the tests carried out on the samples provided by the offender in pursuance of the testing requirement shall be communicated to the responsible officer.

(8) Supervision by the responsible officer shall be carried out to such extent only as may be necessary for the purpose of enabling him—

(a)to report on the offender's progress to the court responsible for the order;

(b)to report to that court any failure by the offender to comply with the requirements of the order; and

(c)to determine whether the circumstances are such that he should apply to that court for the revocation or amendment of the order.

(9) In this Article and Articles 10 and 11, references to the court responsible for a drug treatment and testing order are references to—

(a)the court by which the order is made; or

(b)where another court is specified in the order in accordance with paragraph (10), that court.

(10) Where the district specified in a drug treatment and testing order made by a court of summary jurisdiction is not the petty sessions district for which the court acts, the court may, if it thinks fit, include in the order provision specifying for the purposes of paragraph (9) a court of summary jurisdiction which acts for that district.

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