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Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000

Sexual and violent offenders: Section 66, 67, 68, 69 and Schedule 5

45.The provisions in this part of the Act seek to tighten existing protections and create new protections against sexual and violent offenders.

46.The proposed measures fall into three main categories.

  • Changes to Part I of the Sex Offenders Act 1997 to amend its provisions and increase the penalties for failing to comply with them. These are additional safeguards to the Act which are being dealt with in advance of a major review of Part I of the Act announced in July 2000

  • Making statutory arrangements for risk management jointly by the police and probation services. These provisions will also provide a framework for guidance on the publication of information on arrangements for managing risk and other matters by these bodies. In addition, the framework for victim consultation and notification in respect of serious sexual and violent offenders will be placed on a statutory basis.

  • Finally the measures include a new sex offender restraining order to be available to senior courts in certain circumstances.

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