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The Representation of the People (Northern Ireland) (Amendment) Regulations 2018

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1.—(1) These Regulations may be cited as the Representation of the People (Northern Ireland) (Amendment) Regulations 2018.

(2) They come into force on the day after the day on which they are made.

Amendments to the Representation of the People (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2008

2.—(1) The Representation of the People (Northern Ireland) Regulations 2008(1) are amended as follows.

(2) In regulation 38C(3) (anonymous registration: evidence consisting of relevant court orders or injunctions)(2)—

(a)at the end of sub-paragraph (p), omit “or”; and

(b)at the end of sub-paragraph (q), insert—

(r)a domestic violence protection order made under section 28 of the Crime and Security Act 2010(3) or section 97 of, and paragraph 5 of Schedule 7 to, the Justice Act (Northern Ireland) 2015(4); or

(s)a female genital mutilation protection order made under section 5A of, and paragraphs 1 or 18 of Schedule 2 to, the Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003(5)..

(3) In regulation 38D(4) (anonymous registration: evidence by attestation)(6)—

(a)in each of sub-paragraphs (a), (b) and (c), for “superintendent” substitute “inspector”; and

(b)at the end of sub-paragraph (k) insert—

(l)any registered medical practitioner;

(m)any registered nurse or midwife;

(n)any person who manages a refuge..

(4) After regulation 38D(4), insert—

(5) In this regulation, “refuge” means accommodation together with a planned programme of therapeutic and practical support for victims of, or those at risk of, domestic abuse or violence..

Duncan of Springbank

Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State

Northern Ireland Office

6th March 2018

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