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Justice Act (Northern Ireland) 2015

Section 55: Violent offences prevention orders

This section defines a VOPO.  It establishes that the order may contain such prohibitions or requirements as the court making the order considers necessary, in order to protect the public from the risk of serious violent harm caused by the offender.

It provides that an order can be made for a minimum period of two years, up to a maximum term of five years, unless the order is renewed or discharged by the court.

It defines the term ‘serious violent harm’ as ‘serious physical or psychological harm caused by a person committing one or more specified offences’.  A ‘specified offence’ is defined as an offence listed in Part 1 of Schedule 2 to the Criminal Justice (Northern Ireland) Order 2008 (violent offences) .

It also provides a more restricted specification for the offence of assault occasioning actual bodily harm as a specified offence.  The public is defined as being, either the general public, or any particular member of the public.

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