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Prison Act (Northern Ireland) 1953

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(1)For the purposes of this Act, unless the contrary intention appears, the following expressions have the meaning hereby respectively assigned to them, that is to say—

  • [F1Department” means the Department of Justice;]

  • “governor” includes the person for the time being in charge of any prison;

  • “intoxicating liquor” includes any fermented, distilled or spirituous liquor which under the law for the time being in force is subject to an excise duty;

  • “land” includes land covered by water and any estate or interest in land;

  • “Minister” means the Minister of Home AffairsF2 for Northern Ireland;

  • “Ministry” means the Ministry of Home AffairsF2 for Northern Ireland;

  • Definition rep. by 1989 NI 15

  • “prisoner” includes any person lawfully committed to any prison.

[F3(1A)In this Act “prison” includes any prison or other institution for the treatment of offenders, not being—

(a)a young offenders centre;

(b)a remand centre;[F4 or]

(c)a juvenile justice centre]

but this Act,F5. . . , shall have effect in relation to young offenders centres and remand centres and to persons detained therein as it has effect in relation to prisons and prisoners.

(2)A reference in this Act to any[F3 prison] shall be construed as including a reference to all land and buildings used for the purposes of or in connection with that[F3 prison].

(3)For the purposes of this Act, a person committed to prison in default of payment of a sum adjudged to be paid by a conviction shall be treated as undergoing a sentence of imprisonment for the term for which he is committed, and consecutive terms of imprisonment shall be treated as one term.

Subs. (4)(5) rep. by 1954 c. 33 (NI)

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