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Defence Reform Act 2014

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Offence of disclosing information

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2(1)A person commits an offence if the person discloses information to which this Schedule applies.

(2)Sub-paragraph (1) is subject to paragraphs 3 to 5.

(3)A person who is guilty of an offence under sub-paragraph (1) is liable—

(a)on summary conviction, to imprisonment for not more than 12 months or to a fine not exceeding the statutory maximum (or both), or

(b)on conviction on indictment, to imprisonment for not more than two years or to a fine (or both).

(4)The reference in sub-paragraph (3)(a) to 12 months is to be read as a reference to 6 months—

(a)in its application to England and Wales in relation to an offence committed before the date on which section 154(1) of the Criminal Justice Act 2003 comes into force, and

(b)in its application to Northern Ireland.

(5)If section 85(1) of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 comes into force on or before the day on which this Act is passed—

(a)section 85 of that Act (removal of limit on certain fines on conviction by magistrates’ court) applies in relation to an offence under sub-paragraph (1) on and after that day as if it were a relevant offence (as defined in section 85(3) of that Act), and

(b)regulations described in section 85(11) of that Act may amend, repeal or otherwise modify sub-paragraph (3)(a).

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