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Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012

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34Restriction on disclosure of other information

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(1)This section applies to information that is provided—

(a)to the Lord Chancellor, the Director, a court, a tribunal or any other person on whom functions are imposed or conferred by or under this Part, and

(b)in connection with the case of an individual seeking or receiving services provided under arrangements made for the purposes of this Part.

(2)Such information must not be disclosed, subject to the exceptions in section 35.

(3)A person who discloses information in contravention of this section is guilty of an offence and liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding level 4 on the standard scale.

(4)It is a defence for a person charged with an offence under this section to prove that the person reasonably believed that the disclosure was lawful.

(5)Proceedings for an offence under this section may not be brought without the consent of the Director of Public Prosecutions.

(6)Nothing in this section applies to information if—

(a)it is provided to a person providing services under arrangements made for the purposes of this Part, and

(b)it is provided by or on behalf of an individual seeking or receiving the services.

(7)Nothing in this section applies to information to which section 33 applies.

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