Search Legislation

Criminal Justice and Court Services Act 2000

Section 41: Indecent photographs of children: increase of maximum penalties

98.The effect of this Section will be to increase the maximum penalties relating to indecent photographs of children. The maximum sentence, for the offences of taking, making, distributing, showing, publishing or possessing with a view to distribution, indecent photographs of children under sixteen, under Section 6 of the Protection of Children Act 1978 is increased from three years imprisonment and an unlimited fine, to ten years imprisonment and an unlimited fine. The maximum sentence for the simple possession of child pornography under Section 160 of the Criminal Justice Act 1988 is increased from six months imprisonment and a level 5 fine to five years imprisonment and an unlimited fine. The Section will also amend the equivalent Northern Ireland legislation.

Back to top


Print Options


Explanatory Notes

Text created by the government department responsible for the subject matter of the Act to explain what the Act sets out to achieve and to make the Act accessible to readers who are not legally qualified. Explanatory Notes were introduced in 1999 and accompany all Public Acts except Appropriation, Consolidated Fund, Finance and Consolidation Acts.


More Resources

Access essential accompanying documents and information for this legislation item from this tab. Dependent on the legislation item being viewed this may include:

  • the original print PDF of the as enacted version that was used for the print copy
  • lists of changes made by and/or affecting this legislation item
  • confers power and blanket amendment details
  • all formats of all associated documents
  • correction slips
  • links to related legislation and further information resources