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Sexual Offences Act 2003

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Part 3 E+W+S+N.I.General

137Service courtsE+W

(1)In this Act—

(a)a reference to a court order or a conviction or finding includes a reference to an order of or a conviction or finding by a service court,

(b)a reference to an offence includes a reference to an offence triable by a service court,

(c)proceedings” includes proceedings before a service court, and

(d)a reference to proceedings for an offence under this Act includes a reference to proceedings for [F1an offence under section 42 of the Armed Forces Act 2006 as respects which the corresponding offence under the law of England and Wales (within the meaning given by that section) is that offence.]

(2)In sections 92 and [F2103A(1)], “court” includes a service court.

[F3(3)Where the court making a sexual harm prevention order is a service court—

(a)sections 103A(3) to (9), 103F and 103J do not apply;

(b)sections 103A(1) and (2), 103B to 103E and 103G to 103I apply—

(i)subject to paragraphs (c) and (d), and

(ii)as if they extended to the whole of the United Kingdom;

(c)in relation to an application under section 103E in respect of a defendant who at the time of the application is a person subject to service law or a civilian subject to service discipline—

(i)the application may be made only by the defendant or a Provost Martial, and must be made to the Court Martial;

(ii)consent under section 103E(7) must be the consent of the defendant and a Provost Martial;

(iii)an appeal against the making of an order under section 103E, or the refusal to make such an order, must be made to the Court Martial Appeal Court;

(d)in relation to an application under section 103E in respect of a defendant who at the time of the application is neither a person subject to service law nor a civilian subject to service discipline—

(i)the application must be made to the Crown Court in England and Wales;

(ii)an appeal against the making of an order under section 103E, or the refusal to make such an order, must be made to the Court of Appeal in England and Wales.]

(4)In this [F4section—

  • civilian subject to service discipline” has the same meaning as in the Armed Forces Act 2006 (see section 370 of that Act);

  • service court” means] [F5the Court Martial or the Service Civilian Court];

  • [F6subject to service law” has the same meaning as in the Armed Forces Act 2006 (see section 374 of that Act).]

[F7(5)In subsection (1)(a) the reference to a service court includes a reference to the following—

(a)the Court Martial Appeal Court;

(b)the Supreme Court on an appeal brought from the Court Martial Appeal Court;

(c)a court-martial;

(d)a Standing Civilian Court.]

[F8(6)Paragraphs (c)(i) and (d)(i) of subsection (3) have effect, in relation to a sexual harm prevention order made by the Court Martial Appeal Court, as if the reference to a service court in that subsection included a reference to that court.]

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Amendments (Textual)

F1Words in s. 137(1)(d) substituted (28.3.2009 for certain purposes and otherwise 31.10.2009) by Armed Forces Act 2006 (c. 52), ss. 378(1), 383(2), Sch. 16 para. 211(2); S.I. 2009/812, art. 3 (with transitional provisions in S.I. 2009/1059); S.I. 2009/1167, art. 4

F5Words in s. 137(4) substituted (28.3.2009 for certain purposes and otherwise 31.10.2009) by Armed Forces Act 2006 (c. 52), ss. 378(1), 383(2), Sch. 16 para. 211(3); S.I. 2009/812, art. 3 (with transitional provisions in S.I. 2009/1059); S.I. 2009/1167, art. 4

F7S. 137(5) added (28.3.2009 for certain purposes and otherwise 31.10.2009) by Armed Forces Act 2006 (c. 52), ss. 378(1), 383(2), Sch. 16 para. 211(4); S.I. 2009/812, art. 3 (with transitional provisions in S.I. 2009/1059); S.I. 2009/1167, art. 4

Modifications etc. (not altering text)

C1S. 137 modified (24.4.2009 for certain purposes and otherwise 31.10.2009) by The Armed Forces Act 2006 (Transitional Provisions etc) Order 2009 (S.I. 2009/1059), arts. 1(3), 205, Sch. 1 para. 52(2)

138Orders and regulationsE+W+N.I.

(1)Any power to make orders or regulations conferred by this Act on the Secretary of State is exercisable by statutory instrument.

(2)A statutory instrument containing an order or regulations under section 21, [F9any of sections 83 to 86 [F10, section 130 or section 136Q(1)]] may not be made unless a draft of the instrument has been laid before, and approved by resolution of, each House of Parliament.

(3)Any other statutory instrument, except one containing an order under section 141, is to be subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.

[F11(4)Orders or regulations made by the Secretary of State under this Act may—

(a)make different provision for different purposes;

(b)include supplementary, incidental, consequential, transitional, transitory or saving provisions.]

[F12(5)Any power of the Department of Justice in Northern Ireland to make orders or regulations under this Act is exercisable by statutory rule for the purposes of the Statutory Rules (Northern Ireland) Order 1979.

(6)An order or regulations under any of sections 83 to 86 or section 130 may not be made by the Department of Justice unless a draft of the order or regulations has been laid before, and approved by a resolution of, the Northern Ireland Assembly.

(7)Section 41(3) of the Interpretation Act (Northern Ireland) 1954 applies for the purposes of subsection (6) in relation to the laying of a draft as it applies in relation to the laying of a statutory document under an enactment.

(8)Any other order or regulations made by the Department of Justice are subject to negative resolution (within the meaning of section 41(6) of the Interpretation Act (Northern Ireland) 1954).

(9)Orders or regulations made by the Department of Justice may—

(a)make different provision for different purposes;

(b)include supplementary, incidental, consequential, transitional, transitory or saving provisions.]

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E1This version of this provision extends to England, Wales and Northern Ireland only; a separate version has been created for Scotland only

Amendments (Textual)

F10Words in s. 138(2) substituted (E.W.N.I.) (1.4.2010 for E.W. and otherwise prosp.) by Policing and Crime Act 2009 (c. 26), ss. 21(1), 116(1), Sch. 2 para. 2; S.I. 2010/507, art. 5(t) (subject to art. 6)

138Orders and regulationsS

(1)Any power to make orders or regulations conferred by this Act on the Secretary of State is exercisable by statutory instrument.

(2)A statutory instrument containing an order or regulations under section 21, [F2183, 84,][F2285,] 86 [F23F24, 88H] or 130 may not be made unless a draft of the instrument has been laid before, and approved by resolution of, each House of Parliament.

(3)Any other statutory instrument, except one containing an order under section 141, is to be subject to annulment in pursuance of a resolution of either House of Parliament.

[F25(4)Orders or regulations made by the Scottish Ministers under this Act may—

(a)make different provision for different purposes,

(b)include supplementary, incidental, consequential, transitional, transitory or saving provisions.]

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E2This version of this provision extends to Scotland only; a separate version has been created for England, Wales and Northen Ireland only

Amendments (Textual)

F23Word in s. 138(2) inserted (S.) (at 17.00 hours on 25.10.2010) by The Sexual Offences Act 2003 (Remedial) (Scotland) Order 2010 (S.S.I. 2010/370), arts. 1(1), 4(2) (which Order is revoked and re-enacted with modifications (28.1.2011) by The Sexual Offences Act 2003 (Remedial) (Scotland) Order 2011 (S.S.I. 2011/45))

139Minor and consequential amendmentsE+W

Schedule 6 contains minor and consequential amendments.

140Repeals and revocationsE+W

The provisions listed in Schedule 7 are repealed or revoked to the extent specified.

141CommencementE+W+S+N.I.

(1)This Act, except this section and sections 138, 142 and 143, comes into force in accordance with provision made by the Secretary of State by order.

(2)An order under subsection (1) may—

(a)make different provision for different purposes;

(b)include supplementary, incidental, saving or transitional provisions.

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Subordinate Legislation Made

P1S. 141 power fully exercised: 1.5.2004 appointed by {S.I. 2004/874}, art. 2; {S.S.I. 2004/138}, art. 2

142Extent, saving etc.E+W+S+N.I.

(1)Subject to section 137 and to subsections (2) to (4), this Act extends to England and Wales only.

(2)The following provisions also extend to Northern Ireland—

[F13(a)sections 46 and F14...,]

(b)[F15Schedule 2,]

[F16(c)sections 80 to 85, 86 to 88, 89 to 91, 92 to 96, 96B to 103, 122F and 130 to 136ZD;

(ca)Part 2A;]

(d)sections 138, 141, 143 and this section.

[F17(2A)Sections 85A, 96A, 96AA, 110, 117A, 119 and 123 to 129 and Schedule 3A extend only to Northern Ireland.]

(3)The following provisions also extend to Scotland—

[F18(a)sections 80 to 85, 86 to 88, 89 to 91, 92, 94 to 96, 97 to 103, 122F, 130 to 132 and 133 to 136ZB;]

(b)sections 138, 141, 143 and this section.

[F19(3A)Sections 88A to 88I, 96A, 111A, 117B, 120 and 121 extend only to Scotland.

(3B)Sections 104 to 109, 111, 112 to 117, 118 and 122 extend to Northern Ireland and Scotland but not to England and Wales.

(3C)The references to section 96A in subsections (2A) and (3A) are references respectively to—

(a)the section 96A inserted by the Criminal Justice Act (Northern Ireland) 2013, and

(b)the section 96A inserted by the Police, Public Order and Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 2006.]

(4)Unless otherwise provided, any amendment, repeal or revocation made by this Act has the same extent as the provision to which it relates.

(5)[F20Section 16B of the Criminal Law (Consolidation) (Scotland) Act 1995 (c. 39) continues to have effect despite the repeal by this Act of section 8 of the Sex Offenders Act 1997 (c. 51).]

(6)For the purposes of the Scotland Act 1998 (c. 46), this Act is to be taken to be a pre-commencement enactment.

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Amendments (Textual)

F16S. 142(2)(c)(ca) substituted for s. 142(2)(c) (8.3.2015) by Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 (c. 12), ss. 113(2)(a), 185(1) (with ss. 21, 33, 42, 58, 75, 93); S.I. 2015/373, art. 2(a)

143Short titleE+W+S+N.I.

This Act may be cited as the Sexual Offences Act 2003.

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