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  1. Introductory Text

  2. Part 1 Sexual Offences

    1. Rape

      1. 1.Rape

    2. Assault

      1. 2.Assault by penetration

      2. 3.Sexual assault

    3. Causing sexual activity without consent

      1. 4.Causing a person to engage in sexual activity without consent

    4. Rape and other offences against children under 13

      1. 5.Rape of a child under 13

      2. 6.Assault of a child under 13 by penetration

      3. 7.Sexual assault of a child under 13

      4. 8.Causing or inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity

    5. Child sex offences

      1. 9.Sexual activity with a child

      2. 10.Causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity

      3. 11.Engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a child

      4. 12.Causing a child to watch a sexual act

      5. 13.Child sex offences committed by children or young persons

      6. 14.Arranging or facilitating commission of a child sex offence

      7. 15.Meeting a child following sexual grooming etc.

    6. Abuse of position of trust

      1. 16.Abuse of position of trust: sexual activity with a child

      2. 17.Abuse of position of trust: causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity

      3. 18.Abuse of position of trust: sexual activity in the presence of a child

      4. 19.Abuse of position of trust: causing a child to watch a sexual act

      5. 20.Abuse of position of trust: acts done in Scotland

      6. 21.Positions of trust

      7. 22.Positions of trust: interpretation

      8. 23.Sections 16 to 19: exception for spouses and civil partners

      9. 24.Sections 16 to 19: sexual relationships which pre-date position of trust

    7. Familial child sex offences

      1. 25.Sexual activity with a child family member

      2. 26.Inciting a child family member to engage in sexual activity

      3. 27.Family relationships

      4. 28.Sections 25 and 26: exception for spouses and civil partners

      5. 29.Sections 25 and 26: sexual relationships which pre-date family relationships

    8. Offences against persons with a mental disorder impeding choice

      1. 30.Sexual activity with a person with a mental disorder impeding choice

      2. 31.Causing or inciting a person, with a mental disorder impeding choice, to engage in sexual activity

      3. 32.Engaging in sexual activity in the presence of a person with a mental disorder impeding choice

      4. 33.Causing a person, with a mental disorder impeding choice, to watch a sexual act

    9. Inducements etc. to persons with a mental disorder

      1. 34.Inducement, threat or deception to procure sexual activity with a person with a mental disorder

      2. 35.Causing a person with a mental disorder to engage in or agree to engage in sexual activity by inducement, threat or deception

      3. 36.Engaging in sexual activity in the presence, procured by inducement, threat or deception, of a person with a mental disorder

      4. 37.Causing a person with a mental disorder to watch a sexual act by inducement, threat or deception

    10. Care workers for persons with a mental disorder

      1. 38.Care workers: sexual activity with a person with a mental disorder

      2. 39.Care workers: causing or inciting sexual activity

      3. 40.Care workers: sexual activity in the presence of a person with a mental disorder

      4. 41.Care workers: causing a person with a mental disorder to watch a sexual act

      5. 42.Care workers: interpretation

      6. 43.Sections 38 to 41: exception for spouses and civil partners

      7. 44.Sections 38 to 41: sexual relationships which pre-date care relationships

    11. Indecent photographs of children

      1. 45.Indecent photographs of persons aged 16 or 17

      2. 46.Criminal proceedings, investigations etc.

    12. Abuse of children through prostitution and pornography

      1. 47.Paying for sexual services of a child

      2. 48.Causing or inciting child prostitution or pornography

      3. 49.Controlling a child prostitute or a child involved in pornography

      4. 50.Arranging or facilitating child prostitution or pornography

      5. 51.Sections 48 to 50: interpretation

    13. Prostitution

      1. 51A.Soliciting

      2. 52.Causing or inciting prostitution for gain

      3. 53.Controlling prostitution for gain

      4. 53A.Paying for sexual services of a prostitute subjected to force etc.

      5. 54.Sections 51A to 53A: interpretation

    14. Amendments relating to prostitution

      1. 55.Penalties for keeping a brothel used for prostitution

      2. 56.Extension of gender-specific prostitution offences

    15. Trafficking

      1. 57.Trafficking into the UK for sexual exploitation

      2. 58.Trafficking within the UK for sexual exploitation

      3. 59.Trafficking out of the UK for sexual exploitation

      4. 60.Sections 57 to 59: interpretation and jurisdiction

      5. 60A.Forfeiture of land vehicle, ship or aircraft

      6. 60B.Detention of land vehicle, ship or aircraft

      7. 60C.Sections 60A and 60B: interpretation

    16. Preparatory offences

      1. 61.Administering a substance with intent

      2. 62.Committing an offence with intent to commit a sexual offence

      3. 63.Trespass with intent to commit a sexual offence

    17. Sex with an adult relative

      1. 64.Sex with an adult relative: penetration

      2. 65.Sex with an adult relative: consenting to penetration

    18. Other offences

      1. 66.Exposure

      2. 67.Voyeurism

      3. 68.Voyeurism: interpretation

      4. 69.Intercourse with an animal

      5. 70.Sexual penetration of a corpse

      6. 71.Sexual activity in a public lavatory

    19. Offences outside the United Kingdom

      1. 72.Offences outside the United Kingdom

    20. Supplementary and general

      1. 73.Exceptions to aiding, abetting and counselling

      2. 74.“Consent”

      3. 75.Evidential presumptions about consent

      4. 76.Conclusive presumptions about consent

      5. 77.Sections 75 and 76: relevant acts

      6. 78.“Sexual”

      7. 79.Part 1: general interpretation

  3. Part 2 Notification and orders

    1. Notification requirements

      1. 80.Persons becoming subject to notification requirements

      2. 81.Persons formerly subject to Part 1 of the Sex Offenders Act 1997

      3. 82.The notification period

      4. 83.Notification requirements: initial notification

      5. 84.Notification requirements: changes

      6. 85.Notification requirements: periodic notification

      7. 86.Notification requirements: travel outside the United Kingdom

      8. 87.Method of notification and related matters

      9. 88.Section 87: interpretation

      10. 88A Review of indefinite notification requirements: applicable persons

      11. 88B Review of indefinite notification requirements: date of discharge and further...

      12. 88C Review of the indefinite notification requirements: procedure and grounds

      13. 88D Review of indefinite notification requirement: transitional arrangements

      14. 88E Review of indefinite notification requirements: further review

      15. 88F Review of the indefinite notification requirements: application to a sheriff...

      16. 88G Review of indefinite notification requirements: appeals (1) The decision of...

      17. 88H Review of indefinite notification requirements: power to amend periods The...

      18. 88I Discharge from indefinite notification requirements: England, Wales and Northern Ireland...

      19. 89.Young offenders: parental directions

      20. 90.Parental directions: variations, renewals and discharges

      21. 91.Offences relating to notification

      22. 92.Certificates for purposes of Part 2

      23. 93.Abolished homosexual offences

    2. Information for verification

      1. 94.Part 2: supply of information to Secretary of State etc. for verification

      2. 95.Part 2: supply of information by Secretary of State etc.

    3. Information about release or transfer

      1. 96.Information about release or transfer

      2. 96A.Entry and examination of home address

    4. Entry and search of home address

      1. 96B.Power of entry and search of relevant offender's home address

    5. Notification orders

      1. 97.Notification orders: applications and grounds

      2. 98.Notification orders: effect

      3. 99.Sections 97 and 98: relevant offences

      4. 100.Interim notification orders

      5. 101.Notification orders and interim notification orders: appeals

      6. 102.Appeals in relation to notification orders and interim notification orders: Scotland

      7. 103.Sections 97 to 100: Scotland

    6. Sexual offences prevention orders

      1. 104.Sexual offences prevention orders: applications and grounds

      2. 105.SOPOs: further provision as respects Scotland

      3. 106.Section 104: supplemental

      4. 107.SOPOs: effect

      5. 108.SOPOs: variations, renewals and discharges

      6. 109.Interim SOPOs

      7. 110.SOPOs and interim SOPOs: appeals

      8. 111.Appeals in relation to SOPOs and interim SOPOs: Scotland

      9. 111A.SOPO and interim SOPO requirements: Scotland

      10. 112.Sections 104 and 106 to 109: Scotland

      11. 113.Offence: breach of SOPO or interim SOPO

    7. Foreign travel orders

      1. 114.Foreign travel orders: applications and grounds

      2. 115.Section 114: interpretation

      3. 116.Section 114: qualifying offenders

      4. 117.Foreign travel orders: effect

      5. 117A.Foreign travel orders: surrender of passports

      6. 117B.Surrender of passports: Scotland

      7. 118.Foreign travel orders: variations, renewals and discharges

      8. 119.Foreign travel orders: appeals

      9. 120.Appeals in relation to foreign travel orders: Scotland

      10. 121.Sections 114 to 118: Scotland

      11. 122.Offence: breach of foreign travel order

    8. Risk of sexual harm orders

      1. 123.Risk of sexual harm orders: applications, grounds and effect

      2. 124.Section 123: interpretation

      3. 125.RSHOs: variations, renewals and discharges

      4. 126.Interim RSHOs

      5. 127.RSHOs and interim RSHOs: appeals

      6. 128.Offence: breach of RSHO or interim RSHO

      7. 129.Effect of conviction etc. of an offence under section 128

    9. Power to amend Schedules 3 and 5

      1. 130.Power to amend Schedules 3 and 5

    10. General

      1. 131.Young offenders: application

      2. 132.Offences with thresholds

      3. 132A.Disapplication of time limit for complaints

      4. 133.Part 2: general interpretation

      5. 134.Conditional discharges and probation orders

      6. 135.Interpretation: mentally disordered offenders

      7. 136.Part 2: Northern Ireland

  4. Part 2A Closure orders

    1. Basic definitions

      1. 136A.Meaning of specified prostitution offence etc.

    2. Closure notices

      1. 136B.Power to authorise issue of closure notice

      2. 136C.Contents and service of closure notice

    3. Closure orders

      1. 136D.Power to make a closure order

      2. 136E.Making of closure orders: supplementary provision

    4. Enforcement

      1. 136F.Closure order: enforcement

      2. 136G.Closure of premises: offences

    5. Extension and discharge of closure orders

      1. 136H.Applications for extension of closure order

      2. 136I.Orders extending closure orders

      3. 136J.Discharge of closure order

    6. Appeals against closure orders etc.

      1. 136K.Appeals

    7. Access to other premises

      1. 136L.Access to other premises

    8. Reimbursement of costs, compensation etc.

      1. 136M.Reimbursement of costs

      2. 136N.Exemption from liability for certain damages

      3. 136O.Compensation

    9. General

      1. 136P.Guidance

      2. 136Q.Issue of closure notices by persons other than police officers

      3. 136R.Interpretation

  5. Part 3 General

    1. 137.Service courts

    2. 138.Orders and regulations

    3. 139.Minor and consequential amendments

    4. 140.Repeals and revocations

    5. 141.Commencement

    6. 142.Extent, saving etc.

    7. 143.Short title

  6. SCHEDULES

    1. SCHEDULE 1

      Extension of gender-specific prostitution offences

      1. Sexual Offences Act 1956 (c. 69)

        1. 1.In section 36 of the Sexual Offences Act 1956 (permitting...

      2. Street Offences Act 1959 (c. 57)

        1. 2.In section 1(1) of the Street Offences Act 1959 (loitering...

        2. 3.(1) Section 2 of that Act (application to court by...

      3. Sexual Offences Act 1985 (c. 44)

        1. 4.(1) The Sexual Offences Act 1985 is amended as follows....

    2. SCHEDULE 2

      Sexual offences to which section 72 applies

      1. England and Wales

        1. 1.In relation to England and Wales, the following are sexual...

      2. Northern Ireland

        1. 2.(1) In relation to Northern Ireland, the following are sexual...

      3. General

        1. 3.A reference in paragraph 1 . . . to an...

    3. SCHEDULE 3

      Sexual offences for purposes of Part 2

      1. England and Wales

        1. 1.An offence under section 1 of the Sexual Offences Act...

        2. 2.An offence under section 5 of that Act (intercourse with...

        3. 3.An offence under section 6 of that Act (intercourse with...

        4. 4.An offence under section 10 of that Act (incest by...

        5. 5.An offence under section 12 of that Act (buggery) if—...

        6. 6.An offence under section 13 of that Act (indecency between...

        7. 7.An offence under section 14 of that Act (indecent assault...

        8. 8.An offence under section 15 of that Act (indecent assault...

        9. 9.An offence under section 16 of that Act (assault with...

        10. 10.An offence under section 28 of that Act (causing or...

        11. 11.An offence under section 1 of the Indecency with Children...

        12. 12.An offence under section 54 of the Criminal Law Act...

        13. 13.An offence under section 1 of the Protection of Children...

        14. 14.An offence under section 170 of the Customs and Excise...

        15. 15.An offence under section 160 of the Criminal Justice Act...

        16. 16.An offence under section 3 of the Sexual Offences (Amendment)...

        17. 17.An offence under section 1 or 2 of this Act...

        18. 18.An offence under section 3 of this Act (sexual assault)...

        19. 19.An offence under any of sections 4 to 6 of...

        20. 20.An offence under section 7 of this Act (sexual assault...

        21. 21.An offence under any of sections 8 to 12 of...

        22. 22.An offence under section 13 of this Act (child sex...

        23. 23.An offence under section 14 of this Act (arranging or...

        24. 24.An offence under section 15 of this Act (meeting a...

        25. 25.An offence under any of sections 16 to 19 of...

        26. 26.An offence under section 25 or 26 of this Act...

        27. 27.An offence under any of sections 30 to 37 of...

        28. 28.An offence under any of sections 38 to 41 of...

        29. 29.An offence under section 47 of this Act (paying for...

        30. 29A.An offence under section 48 of this Act (causing or...

        31. 29B.An offence under section 49 of this Act (controlling a...

        32. 29C.An offence under section 50 of this Act (arranging or...

        33. 30.An offence under section 61 of this Act (administering a...

        34. 31.An offence under section 62 or 63 of this Act...

        35. 32.An offence under section 64 or 65 of this Act...

        36. 33.An offence under section 66 of this Act (exposure) if—...

        37. 34.An offence under section 67 of this Act (voyeurism) if—...

        38. 35.An offence under section 69 or 70 of this Act...

        39. 35A.An offence under section 63 of the Criminal Justice and...

        40. 35B.An offence under section 62(1) of the Coroners and Justice...

      2. Scotland

        1. 36.Rape at common law.

        2. 37.Clandestine injury to women.

        3. 38.Abduction of woman or girl with intent to rape.

        4. 38A.Abduction with intent to commit rape under section 1 (rape)...

        5. 38B.Abduction with intent to commit rape under section 18 (rape...

        6. 39.Assault with intent to rape or ravish.

        7. 39A.Assault with intent to commit rape under section 1 (rape)...

        8. 39B.Assault with intent to commit rape under section 18 (rape...

        9. 40.Indecent assault.

        10. 41.Lewd, indecent or libidinous behaviour or practices.

        11. 41A.Public indecency if— (a) a person (other than the offender)...

        12. 42.Shameless indecency, if a person (other than the offender) involved...

        13. 43.Sodomy, unless every person involved in the offence was 16...

        14. 44.An offence under section 170 of the Customs and Excise...

        15. 44A.An offence under section 51A of the Civic Government (Scotland)...

        16. 45.An offence under section 52 of the Civic Government (Scotland)...

        17. 46.An offence under section 52A of that Act (possession of...

        18. 47.An offence under section 106 of the Mental Health (Scotland)...

        19. 48.An offence under section 107 of that Act (protection of...

        20. 49.An offence under section 1 of the Criminal Law (Consolidation)...

        21. 50.An offence under section 2 of that Act (intercourse with...

        22. 51.An offence under section 3 of that Act (intercourse with...

        23. 52.An offence under section 5 of that Act (unlawful intercourse...

        24. 53.An offence under section 6 of that Act (indecent behaviour...

        25. 54.An offence under section 8 of that Act (abduction of...

        26. 55.An offence under section 10 of that Act (person having...

        27. 56.An offence under section 13(5) of that Act (homosexual offences)...

        28. 57.An offence under section 3 of the Sexual Offences (Amendment)...

        29. 58.An offence under section 311(1) of the Mental Health (Care...

        30. 59.An offence under section 313(1) of that Act (persons providing...

        31. 59A.An offence under section 1 of the Protection of Children...

        32. 59B.An offence under section 9 of that Act (paying for...

        33. 59C.An offence under any of sections 10 to 12 of...

        34. 59D.An offence under section 1 of the Sexual Offences (Scotland)...

        35. 59E.An offence under section 2 of that Act (sexual assault...

        36. 59F.An offence under section 3 of that Act (sexual assault)....

        37. 59G.An offence under section 4 of that Act (sexual coercion)....

        38. 59H.An offence under section 5 of that Act (coercing a...

        39. 59I.An offence under section 6 of that Act (coercing a...

        40. 59J.An offence under section 7(1) of that Act (communicating indecently)....

        41. 59K.An offence under section 7(2) of that Act (causing a...

        42. 59L.An offence under section 8 of that Act (sexual exposure)...

        43. 59M.An offence under section 9 of that Act (voyeurism).

        44. 59N.An offence under section 11 of that Act (administering a...

        45. 59O.An offence under section 18 of that Act (rape of...

        46. 59P.An offence under section 19 of that Act (sexual assault...

        47. 59Q.An offence under section 20 of that Act (sexual assault...

        48. 59R.An offence under section 21 of that Act (causing a...

        49. 59S.An offence under section 22 of that Act (causing a...

        50. 59T.An offence under section 23 of that Act (causing a...

        51. 59U.An offence under section 24(1) of that Act (communicating indecently...

        52. 59V.An offence under section 24(2) of that Act (causing a...

        53. 59W.An offence under section 25 of that Act (sexual exposure...

        54. 59X.An offence under section 26 of that Act (voyeurism towards...

        55. 59Y.An offence under section 28 of that Act (having intercourse...

        56. 59Z.An offence under section 29 of that Act (engaging in...

        57. 59ZA.An offence under section 30 of that Act (engaging in...

        58. 59ZB.An offence under section 31 of that Act (causing an...

        59. 59ZC.An offence under section 32 of that Act (causing an...

        60. 59ZD.An offence under section 33 of that Act (causing an...

        61. 59ZE.An offence under section 34(1) of that Act (communicating indecently...

        62. 59ZF.An offence under section 34(2) of that Act (causing an...

        63. 59ZG.An offence under section 35 of that Act (sexual exposure...

        64. 59ZH.An offence under section 36 of that Act (voyeurism towards...

        65. 59ZI.An offence under section 37(1) of that Act (engaging while...

        66. 59ZJ.An offence under section 37(4) of that Act (engaging while...

        67. 59ZK.An offence under section 42 of that Act (sexual abuse...

        68. 59ZL.An offence under section 46 of that Act (sexual abuse...

        69. 60.An offence in Scotland other than is mentioned in paragraphs...

      3. Northern Ireland

        1. 61.Rape.

        2. 62.An offence under section 52 of the Offences against the...

        3. 63.An offence under section 53 or 54 of that Act...

        4. 64.An offence under section 61 of that Act (buggery) if—...

        5. 65.An offence under section 62 of that Act of assault...

        6. 66.An offence under section 62 of that Act of indecent...

        7. 67.An offence under section 2 of the Criminal Law Amendment...

        8. 68.An offence under section 3 of that Act (procuring defilement...

        9. 69.An offence under section 4 of that Act of unlawful...

        10. 70.An offence under section 5 of that Act of unlawful...

        11. 71.An offence under section 7 of that Act (abduction of...

        12. 72.An offence under section 11 of that Act (homosexual offences)...

        13. 73.An offence under section 1 of the Punishment of Incest...

        14. 74.An offence under section 2 of that Act (incest by...

        15. 75.An offence under section 21 of the Children and Young...

        16. 76.An offence under section 22 of that Act (indecent conduct...

        17. 77.An offence under Article 3 of the Protection of Children...

        18. 78.An offence under section 170 of the Customs and Excise...

        19. 79.An offence under Article 9 of the Criminal Justice (Northern...

        20. 80.An offence under Article 122 of the Mental Health (Northern...

        21. 81.An offence under Article 123 of that Order (offences against...

        22. 82.An offence under Article 15 of the Criminal Justice (Evidence,...

        23. 83.An offence under section 3 of the Sexual Offences (Amendment)...

        24. 84.An offence under Article 19 of the Criminal Justice (Northern...

        25. 85.An offence under Article 20 of that Order (assault with...

        26. 86.An offence under Article 21 of that Order (indecent assault...

        27. 87.An offence under section 15 of this Act (meeting a...

        28. 88.An offence under any of sections 16 to 19 of...

        29. 89.An offence under section 47 of this Act (paying for...

        30. 89A.An offence under section 48 of this Act (causing or...

        31. 89B.An offence under section 49 of this Act (controlling a...

        32. 89C.An offence under section 50 of this Act (arranging or...

        33. 90.An offence under section 66 of this Act (exposure) if—...

        34. 91.An offence under section 67 of this Act (voyeurism) if—...

        35. 92.An offence under section 69 or 70 of this Act...

        36. 92B.An offence under Article 5 or 6 of the Sexual...

        37. 92C.An offence under Article 7 of that Order (sexual assault)...

        38. 92D.An offence under Article 8, 12 or 13 of that...

        39. 92E.An offence under Article 14 of that Order (sexual assault...

        40. 92F.An offence under any of Articles 15 to 19 of...

        41. 92G.An offence under Article 20 of that Order (sexual offences...

        42. 92H.An offence under Article 21 of that Order (arranging or...

        43. 92I.An offence under Article 22 of that Order (meeting a...

        44. 92J.An offence under any of Articles 23 to 26 of...

        45. 92K.An offence under Article 32 or 33 of that Order...

        46. 92L.An offence under Article 37 (paying for sexual services of...

        47. 92M.An offence under Article 38 (causing or inciting child prostitution...

        48. 92N.An offence under Article 39 (controlling a child prostitute or...

        49. 92O.An offence under Article 40 (arranging or facilitating child prostitution...

        50. 92P.An offence under any of Articles 43 to 50 of...

        51. 92Q.An offence under any of Articles 51 to 54 of...

        52. 92R.An offence under Article 65 of that Order (administering a...

        53. 92S.An offence under Article 66 or 67 of that Order...

        54. 92T.An offence under Article 68 or 69 of that Order...

        55. 92U.An offence under Article 70 of that Order (exposure) if—...

        56. 92V.An offence under Article 71 of that Order (voyeurism) if—...

        57. 92W.An offence under Article 73 or 74 of that Order...

        58. 92X.An offence under section 62(1) of the Coroners and Justice...

        59. 92A.An offence under section 63 of the Criminal Justice and...

      4. Service offences

        1. 93.(1) An offence under— (a) section 70 of the Army...

        2. 93A.(1) An offence under section 42 of the Armed Forces...

      5. General

        1. 94.A reference in a preceding paragraph to an offence includes—...

        2. 94A.A reference in a preceding paragraph to an offence (“offence...

        3. 95.A reference in a preceding paragraph to a person’s age...

        4. 96.In this Schedule “community sentence” has— (a) in relation to...

        5. 97.For the purposes of paragraphs 14, 44 and 78—

        6. 98.A determination under paragraph 60 constitutes part of a person’s...

    4. SCHEDULE 4

      Procedure for ending notification requirements for abolished homosexual offences

      1. Scope of Schedule

        1. 1.This Schedule applies where a relevant offender is subject to...

      2. Application for decision

        1. 2.(1) The relevant offender may apply to the Secretary of...

      3. Decision by Secretary of State

        1. 3.(1) In making the decision applied for, the Secretary of...

      4. Effect of decision

        1. 4.(1) If the Secretary of State decides that it appears...

      5. Right of appeal

        1. 5.(1) If the Secretary of State decides that it does...

      6. Interpretation

        1. 6.(1) In this Schedule a reference to an offence includes—...

      7. Transitional provision

        1. 7.Until the coming into force of the repeal by this...

    5. SCHEDULE 5

      Other offences for purposes of Part 2

      1. England and Wales

        1. 1.Murder.

        2. 2.Manslaughter.

        3. 3.Kidnapping.

        4. 4.False imprisonment.

        5. 4A.Outraging public decency.

        6. 5.An offence under section 4 of the Offences against the...

        7. 6.An offence under section 16 of that Act (threats to...

        8. 7.An offence under section 18 of that Act (wounding with...

        9. 8.An offence under section 20 of that Act (malicious wounding)....

        10. 9.An offence under section 21 of that Act (attempting to...

        11. 10.An offence under section 22 of that Act (using chloroform...

        12. 11.An offence under section 23 of that Act (maliciously administering...

        13. 12.An offence under section 27 of that Act (abandoning children)....

        14. 13.An offence under section 28 of that Act (causing bodily...

        15. 14.An offence under section 29 of that Act (using explosives...

        16. 15.An offence under section 30 of that Act (placing explosives...

        17. 16.An offence under section 31 of that Act (setting spring...

        18. 17.An offence under section 32 of that Act (endangering the...

        19. 18.An offence under section 35 of that Act (injuring persons...

        20. 19.An offence under section 37 of that Act (assaulting officer...

        21. 20.An offence under section 38 of that Act (assault with...

        22. 21.An offence under section 47 of that Act (assault occasioning...

        23. 22.An offence under section 2 of the Explosive Substances Act...

        24. 23.An offence under section 3 of that Act (attempt to...

        25. 24.An offence under section 1 of the Infant Life (Preservation)...

        26. 25.An offence under section 1 of the Children and Young...

        27. 26.An offence under section 1 of the Infanticide Act 1938...

        28. 27.An offence under section 16 of the Firearms Act 1968...

        29. 28.An offence under section 16A of that Act (possession of...

        30. 29.An offence under section 17(1) of that Act (use of...

        31. 30.An offence under section 17(2) of that Act (possession of...

        32. 31.An offence under section 18 of that Act (carrying a...

        33. 31A.An offence under section 1 of the Theft Act 1968...

        34. 32.An offence under section 8 of that Act(robbery or assault...

        35. 33.An offence under section 9(1)(a) of that Act (burglary with...

        36. 34.An offence under section 10 of that Act (aggravated burglary)....

        37. 35.An offence under section 12A of that Act (aggravated vehicle-taking)...

        38. 36.An offence of arson under section 1 of the Criminal...

        39. 37.An offence under section 1(2) of that Act (destroying or...

        40. 38.An offence under section 1 of the Taking of Hostages...

        41. 39.An offence under section 1 of the Aviation Security Act...

        42. 40.An offence under section 2 of that Act (destroying, damaging...

        43. 41.An offence under section 3 of that Act (other acts...

        44. 42.An offence under section 4 of that Act (offences in...

        45. 43.An offence under section 127 of the Mental Health Act...

        46. 43A.An offence under section 1 of the Child Abduction Act...

        47. 43B.An offence under section 2 of that Act (offence of...

        48. 44.An offence under section 1 of the Prohibition of Female...

        49. 45.An offence under section 1 of the Public Order Act...

        50. 46.An offence under section 2 of that Act (violent disorder)....

        51. 47.An offence under section 3 of that Act (affray).

        52. 48.An offence under section 134 of the Criminal Justice Act...

        53. 49.An offence under section 1 of the Road Traffic Act...

        54. 50.An offence under section 3A of that Act (causing death...

        55. 51.An offence under section 1 of the Aviation and Maritime...

        56. 52.An offence under section 9 of that Act (hijacking of...

        57. 53.An offence under section 10 of that Act (seizing or...

        58. 54.An offence under section 11 of that Act (destroying fixed...

        59. 55.An offence under section 12 of that Act (other acts...

        60. 56.An offence under section 13 of that Act (offences involving...

        61. 56A.An offence under section 2 of the Protection from Harassment...

        62. 57.An offence under section 4 of that Act (putting people...

        63. 58.An offence under section 29 of the Crime and Disorder...

        64. 59.An offence falling within section 31(1)(a) or (b) of that...

        65. 60.An offence under Part II of the Channel Tunnel (Security)...

        66. 60ZA.An offence under section 53 or 54 of the Regulation...

        67. 60A.An offence under section 85(3) or (4) of the Postal...

        68. 61.An offence under section 51 or 52 of the International...

        69. 61A.An offence under section 127(1) of the Communications Act 2003...

        70. 62.An offence under section 47 of this Act, where the...

        71. 63.An offence under any of sections 51 to 53 or...

        72. 63A.An offence under section 5 of the Domestic Violence, Crime...

      2. Scotland

        1. 64.Murder.

        2. 65.Culpable homicide.

        3. 66.Assault.

        4. 67.Assault and robbery.

        5. 68.Abduction.

        6. 69.Plagium.

        7. 70.Wrongful imprisonment.

        8. 71.Threatening personal violence.

        9. 72.Breach of the peace inferring personal violence.

        10. 73.Wilful fireraising.

        11. 74.Culpable and reckless fireraising.

        12. 75.Mobbing and rioting.

        13. 76.An offence under section 2 of the Explosive Substances Act...

        14. 77.An offence under section 3 of that Act (attempt to...

        15. 78.An offence under section 12 of the Children and Young...

        16. 79.An offence under section 16 of the Firearms Act 1968...

        17. 80.An offence under section 16A of that Act (possession of...

        18. 81.An offence under section 17(1) of that Act (use of...

        19. 82.An offence under section 17(2) of that Act (possession of...

        20. 83.An offence under section 18 of that Act (carrying a...

        21. 84.An offence under section 1 of the Taking of Hostages...

        22. 85.An offence under section 1 of the Aviation Security Act...

        23. 86.An offence under section 2 of that Act (destroying, damaging...

        24. 87.An offence under section 3 of that Act (other acts...

        25. 88.An offence under section 4 of that Act (offences in...

        26. 89.An offence under section 105 of the Mental Health (Scotland)...

        27. 90.An offence under section 1 of the Prohibition of Female...

        28. 91.An offence under section 134 of the Criminal Justice Act...

        29. 92.An offence under section 1 of the Road Traffic Act...

        30. 93.An offence under section 3A of that Act (causing death...

        31. 94.An offence under section 1 of the Aviation and Maritime...

        32. 95.An offence under section 9 of that Act (hijacking of...

        33. 96.An offence under section 10 of that Act (seizing or...

        34. 97.An offence under section 11 of that Act (destroying fixed...

        35. 98.An offence under section 12 of that Act (other acts...

        36. 99.An offence under section 13 of that Act (offences involving...

        37. 100.An offence under Part II of the Channel Tunnel (Security)...

        38. 101.An offence under section 7 of the Criminal Law (Consolidation)...

        39. 102.An offence under section 9 of that Act (permitting girl...

        40. 103.An offence under section 11 of that Act (trading in...

        41. 104.An offence under section 12 of that Act (allowing child...

        42. 105.An offence under section 13(9) of that Act (living on...

        43. 106.An offence under section 50A of that Act (racially-aggravated harassment)....

        44. 106A.An offence under section 53 or 54 of the Regulation...

        45. 107.An offence under section 51 or 52 of the International...

        46. 108.An offence under section 1 of the International Criminal Court...

        47. 109.An offence under section 22 of the Criminal Justice (Scotland)...

        48. 110.An offence to which section 74 of that Act applies...

        49. 111.An offence under section 315 of the Mental Health (Care...

      3. Northern Ireland

        1. 112.Murder.

        2. 113.Manslaughter.

        3. 114.Kidnapping.

        4. 115.Riot.

        5. 116.Affray.

        6. 117.False imprisonment.

        7. 117A.Outraging public decency.

        8. 118.An offence under section 4 of the Offences against the...

        9. 119.An offence under section 16 of that Act (threats to...

        10. 120.An offence under section 18 of that Act (wounding with...

        11. 121.An offence under section 20 of that Act (malicious wounding)....

        12. 122.An offence under section 21 of that Act (attempting to...

        13. 123.An offence under section 22 of that Act (using chloroform...

        14. 124.An offence under section 23 of that Act (maliciously administering...

        15. 125.An offence under section 27 of that Act (abandoning children)....

        16. 126.An offence under section 28 of that Act (causing bodily...

        17. 127.An offence under section 29 of that Act (using explosives...

        18. 128.An offence under section 30 of that Act (placing explosives...

        19. 129.An offence under section 31 of that Act (setting spring...

        20. 130.An offence under section 32 of that Act (endangering the...

        21. 131.An offence under section 35 of that Act (injuring persons...

        22. 132.An offence under section 37 of that Act (assaulting officer...

        23. 133.An offence under section 47 of that Act of assault...

        24. 134.An offence under section 2 of the Explosive Substances Act...

        25. 135.An offence under section 3 of that Act (attempt to...

        26. 136.An offence under section 25 of the Criminal Justice (Northern...

        27. 137.An offence under section 1 of the Infanticide Act (Northern...

        28. 138.An offence under section 7(1)(b) of the Criminal Justice (Miscellaneous...

        29. 138A.An offence under section 9(1)(a) of that Act (riotous, disorderly...

        30. 139.An offence under section 20 of the Children and Young...

        31. 139A.An offence under section 1 of the Theft Act (Northern...

        32. 140.An offence under section 8 of that Act (robbery or...

        33. 141.An offence under section 9(1)(a) of that Act (burglary with...

        34. 142.An offence under section 10 of that Act (aggravated burglary)....

        35. 143.An offence of arson under Article 3 of the Criminal...

        36. 144.An offence under Article 3(2) of that Order (destroying or...

        37. 145.An offence under Article 58(1) of the Firearms (Northern Ireland)...

        38. 146.An offence under Article 58(2) of that Order (possession of...

        39. 147.An offence under Article 59(1) of that Order (use of...

        40. 148.An offence under Article 59(2) of that Order (possession of...

        41. 149.An offence under Article 60 of that Order (carrying a...

        42. 150.An offence under section 1 of the Taking of Hostages...

        43. 151.An offence under section 1 of the Aviation Security Act...

        44. 152.An offence under section 2 of that Act (destroying, damaging...

        45. 153.An offence under section 3 of that Act (other acts...

        46. 154.An offence under section 4 of that Act (offences in...

        47. 154A.An offence under Article 3 of the Child Abduction (Northern...

        48. 154B.An offence under Article 4 of that Order (offence of...

        49. 155.An offence under section 1 of the Prohibition of Female...

        50. 156.An offence under Article 121 of the Mental Health (Northern...

        51. 157.An offence under section 134 of the Criminal Justice Act...

        52. 158.An offence under section 1 of the Aviation and Maritime...

        53. 159.An offence under section 9 of that Act (hijacking of...

        54. 160.An offence under section 10 of that Act (seizing or...

        55. 161.An offence under section 11 of that Act (destroying fixed...

        56. 162.An offence under section 12 of that Act (other acts...

        57. 163.An offence under section 13 of that Act (offences involving...

        58. 164.An offence under Article 9 of the Road Traffic (Northern...

        59. 165.An offence under Article 14 of that Order (causing death...

        60. 165A.An offence under Article 4 of the Protection from Harassment...

        61. 166.An offence under Article 6 of that Order (putting people...

        62. 167.An offence under section 66 of the Police (Northern Ireland)...

        63. 168.An offence under Part II of the Channel Tunnel (Security)...

        64. 168ZA.An offence under section 53 or 54 of the Regulation...

        65. 168A.An offence under section 85(3) or (4) of the Postal...

        66. 169.An offence under section 51 or 52 of the International...

        67. 169A.An offence under section 127(1) of the Communications Act 2003...

        68. 170.An offence under section 47 of this Act, where the...

        69. 171.An offence under any of sections . . . 57...

        70. 171A.An offence under section 5 of the Domestic Violence, Crime...

        71. 171B.An offence under Article 62 (causing or inciting prostitution for...

      4. Service offences

        1. 172.An offence under— (a) section 70 of the Army Act...

        2. 172A.(1) An offence under section 42 of the Armed Forces...

      5. General

        1. 173.A reference in a preceding paragraph to an offence includes—...

        2. 173A.A reference in a preceding paragraph to an offence (“offence...

        3. 174.A reference in a preceding paragraph to a person’s age...

    6. SCHEDULE 6

      Minor and consequential amendments

      1. Vagrancy Act 1824 (c. 83)

        1. 1.In section 4 of the Vagrancy Act 1824 (rogues and...

        2. 2.In section 4 of the Vagrancy Act 1824 as it...

      2. Town Police Clauses Act 1847 (c. 89)

        1. 3.In section 28 of the Town Police Clauses Act 1847...

      3. Offences against the Persons Act 1861 (c. 100)

        1. 4.In the Offences against the Person Act 1861, omit sections...

      4. Criminal Law Amendment Act 1885 (c. 69)

        1. 5.In the Criminal Law Amendment Act 1885, omit—

      5. Vagrancy Act 1898 (c. 39)

        1. 6.The Vagrancy Act 1898 ceases to have effect.

      6. Children and Young Persons Act 1933 (c. 12)

        1. 7.In Schedule 1 to the Children and Young Persons Act...

      7. Visiting Forces Act 1952 (c. 67)

        1. 8.(1) Paragraph 1 of the Schedule to the Visiting Forces...

      8. Army Act 1955 (3 & 4 Eliz. 2 c. 18)

        1. 9.In section 70(4) of the Army Act 1955 (person not...

      9. Air Force Act 1955 (3 & 4 Eliz. 2.c. 19)

        1. 10.In section 70(4) of the Air Force Act 1955 (person...

      10. Sexual Offences Act 1956 (c. 37)

        1. 11.In the Sexual Offences Act 1956, omit—

      11. Naval Discipline Act 1957 (c. 53)

        1. 12.In section 48(2) of the Naval Discipline Act 1957 (courts-martial...

      12. Mental Health Act 1959 (c. 72)

        1. 13.In the Mental Health Act 1959, omit sections 127 (amendment...

      13. Indecency with Children Act 1960 (c. 33)

        1. 14.The Indecency with Children Act 1960 ceases to have effect....

      14. Sexual Offences Act 1967 (c. 60)

        1. 15.In the Sexual Offences Act 1967, omit the following—

      15. Firearms Act 1968 (c. 27)

        1. 16.In Schedule 1 to the Firearms Act 1968 (offences to...

      16. Theft Act 1968 (c. 60)

        1. 17.In section 9 of the Theft Act 1968 (burglary), in...

      17. Children and Young Persons Act (Northern Ireland) 1968 (c. 34 (N.I.))

        1. 18.(1) The Children and Young Persons Act (Northern Ireland) 1968...

      18. Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (c. 53)

        1. 19.In section 7 of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974...

      19. Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act 1976 (c. 82)

        1. 20.(1) The Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act 1976 is amended as...

      20. Criminal Law Act 1977 (c. 45)

        1. 21.In the Criminal Law Act 1977, omit section 54 (inciting...

      21. Internationally Protected Persons Act 1978 (c. 17)

        1. 22.In section 1 of the Internationally Protected Persons Act 1978...

      22. Suppression of Terrorism Act 1978 (c. 26)

        1. 23.(1) Schedule 1 to the Suppression of Terrorism Act 1978...

      23. Protection of Children Act 1978 (c. 37)

        1. 24.In section 1(1) of the Protection of Children Act 1978...

      24. Rehabilitation of Offenders (Northern Ireland) Order 1978 (S.I. 1978/1908 (N.I. 27))

        1. 25.In Article 8 of the Rehabilitation of Offenders (Northern Ireland)...

      25. Magistrates' Courts Act 1980 (c. 43)

        1. 26.(1) The Magistrates' Courts Act 1980 is amended as follows....

      26. Criminal Justice Act 1982 (c. 48)

        1. 27.In the Criminal Justice Act 1982, in Part 2 of...

      27. Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 (c. 60)

        1. 28.(1) The Police and Criminal Evidence Act 1984 is amended...

      28. Criminal Justice Act 1988 (c. 33)

        1. 29.(1) The Criminal Justice Act 1988 is amended as follows....

      29. Criminal Justice Act 1991 (c. 53)

        1. 30.In section 34A of the Criminal Justice Act 1991 (power...

      30. Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act 1992 (c. 34)

        1. 31.(1) Section 2 of the Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act 1992...

      31. Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 (c. 33)

        1. 32.(1) The Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 is...

      32. Criminal Law (Consolidation) (Scotland) Act 1995 (c. 39)

        1. 33.In section 5(6) of the Criminal Law (Consolidation) (Scotland) Act...

      33. Criminal Injuries Compensation Act 1995 (c. 53)

        1. 34.In section 11 of the Criminal Injuries Compensation Act 1995...

      34. Sexual Offences (Conspiracy and Incitement) Act 1996 (c. 29)

        1. 35.In the Schedule to the Sexual Offences (Conspiracy and Incitement)...

      35. Sexual Offences (Protected Material) Act 1997 (c. 39)

        1. 36.In the Schedule to the Sexual Offences (Protected Material) Act...

      36. Sex Offenders Act 1997 (c. 51)

        1. 37.The Sex Offenders Act 1997 ceases to have effect.

      37. Crime and Disorder Act 1998 (c. 37)

        1. 38.(1) The Crime and Disorder Act 1998 is amended as...

      38. Criminal Justice (Children) (Northern Ireland) Order 1998 (S.I. 1998/1504 (N.I. 9))

        1. 39.In paragraph 1 of Schedule 1 to the Criminal Justice...

      39. Criminal Justice (Northern Ireland) Order 1998 (S.I. 1998/2839 (N.I. 20))

        1. 40.In the Criminal Justice (Northern Ireland) Order 1998, omit Articles...

      40. Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999 (c. 23)

        1. 41.(1) The Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999 is...

      41. Criminal Evidence (Northern Ireland) Order 1999 (S.I. 1999/2789 (N.I. 8))

        1. 42.(1) The Criminal Evidence (Northern Ireland) Order 1999 is amended...

      42. Powers of Criminal Courts (Sentencing) Act 2000 (c. 6)

        1. 43.(1) The Powers of Criminal Courts (Sentencing) Act 2000 is...

      43. Criminal Justice and Courts Services Act 2000 (c. 43)

        1. 44.(1) The Criminal Justice and Courts Services Act 2000 is...

      44. Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act 2000 (c. 44)

        1. 45.(1) The Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act 2000 is amended as...

      45. Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (c. 29)

        1. 46.(1) The Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 is amended as...

      46. Adoption and Children Act 2002 (c. 38)

        1. 47.In section 74 of the Adoption and Children Act 2002...

      47. Nationality, Asylum and Immigration Act 2002 (c. 41)

        1. 48.In the Nationality, Asylum and Immigration Act 2002, omit sections...

      48. Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2003 (asp 7)

        1. 49.In section 21(9) of the Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2003...

      49. Protection of Children and Vulnerable Adults (Northern Ireland) Order 2003(S.I. 2003/417 (N.I. 4))

        1. 50.In paragraph 1 of Schedule 1 to the Protection of...

      50. Access to Justice (Northern Ireland) Order 2003 (S.I. 2003/435 (N.I. 10))

        1. 51.In Schedule 2 to the Access to Justice (Northern Ireland)...

      51. Criminal Justice (Northern Ireland) Order 2003 (S.I. 2003/1247 (N.I. 13))

        1. 52.In the Criminal Justice (Northern Ireland) Order 2003, omit—

    7. SCHEDULE 7

      Repeals and revocations

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