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Explanatory Memorandum to Sexual Offences (Northern Ireland) Order 2008


Schedule 1: Minor and consequential amendments

7.156.Schedule 1 provides for amendment to various legislative provisions resulting from the Order. In general these amendments are necessary to omit offences which are no longer necessary as result of the offences in the Order or to reflect the offences in the Order in existing legislation which rely on the body of sexual offences law in Northern Ireland.

Schedule 2: Transitional provisions and savings

7.157.Schedule 2 provides that where a person is charged in respect of conduct that is an offence under this Order and was an offence under one of the repealed offences in paragraph (2) of Schedule 2, and the only thing preventing the person being found guilty is that it cannot be proven beyond reasonable doubt whether the conduct took place before or after the commencement of this Order, then it shall be conclusively presumed for the purpose of determining guilt that the conduct took place at a time when the offence in question had a lower penalty.

Schedule 3: Repeals

7.158.Schedule 3 provides for repeals arising from the Order.

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