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Adoption and Children Act (Northern Ireland) 2022

Section 97: Offence of breaching restrictions under section 96

Section 97 provides that where a person contravenes section 96(1) they are guilty of an offence. It also provides that if the offender is an adoption society, the person who manages the society is also guilty of the offence. Defences are provided in subsections (2) to (4). Subsection (5) sets out that the penalty on summary conviction is imprisonment for a term not exceeding six months or a fine not exceeding £10,000, or both.

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