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Justice Act (Northern Ireland) 2015

Section 56: Violent offences prevention order made on conviction, etc

This section allows the court to make a VOPO at the point it is dealing with the offender in respect of a specified offence; or where the person is found not guilty of a specified offence by reason of insanity; or is unfit to be tried and has done the act charged in respect of a specified offence.

The court may make a VOPO where it is satisfied that it is necessary for the purpose of protecting the public from the risk of serious violent harm.  A VOPO can be made in respect of specified offences committed (or alleged to have been committed) before, or after, commencement of this provision.

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