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Police (Northern Ireland) Act 2003

Section 16: Independent members: disqualification

43.This section amends the provisions of paragraph 8 of Schedule 3 to the 2000 Act, which deal with disqualification for membership of DPPs. The previous paragraph 8(2) provided that a person was disqualified from membership of a DPP if he had ever had a sentence of imprisonment passed on him, whether suspended or not. The effect of the amendment at section 16 is that instead a person is disqualified for membership of a DPP for five years following his discharge from a sentence of imprisonment or detention.

44.The new paragraphs 8(4) to (5) provide that the person’s release on licence, or his release following a grant of remission, will be treated as his discharge from a sentence of imprisonment or detention for the purposes of paragraph 8. The exception to this is if the person is subsequently required to return to prison or detention for a further period in respect of that offence. The new paragraphs 8(6) to (8) provide that these disqualification provisions do not apply to people whose sentence has been suspended, unless the sentence is subsequently ordered to take effect.

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