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(1)Proceedings to which this section applies may only be instituted by or with the consent of the Attorney General.
(2)This section applies to proceedings against a person for a fatal offence if—
(a)the injury alleged to have caused the death was sustained more than three years before the death occurred, or
(b)the person has previously been convicted of an offence committed in circumstances alleged to be connected with the death.
(3)In subsection (2) “fatal offence” means—
(a)murder, manslaughter, infanticide or any other offence of which one of the elements is causing a person’s death, or
(b)the offence of aiding, abetting, counselling or procuring a person’s suicide.
(4)No provision that proceedings may be instituted only by or with the consent of the Director of Public Prosecutions shall apply to proceedings to which this section applies.
(5)In the application of this section to Northern Ireland—
(a)the reference in subsection (1) to the Attorney General is to the Attorney General for Northern Ireland, and
(b)the reference in subsection (4) to the Director of Public Prosecutions is to the Director of Public Prosecutions for Northern Ireland.
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