Justice (Sexual Offences and Trafficking Victims) Act (Northern Ireland) 2022 Explanatory Notes

  • Explanatory Notes Table of contents
  1. Introduction

  2. Background and Policy Objectives

  3. Overview

    1. Part 1: Sexual offences

      1. Chapter 1: Criminal Conduct

        1. Voyeurism

        2. Sending an unwanted sexual image (Cyber-flashing)

        3. Sexual grooming

        4. Abuse of Position of Trust

        5. Private Sexual Images

        6. Miscellaneous amendments as to sexual offences

      2. Chapter 2: Anonymity and Privacy

    2. Part 2: Trafficking and Exploitation

    3. Part 3: Chapter 1: Prevention Orders

      1. Chapter 2: Causing or Risking Serious Harm

  4. Commentary on Sections

    1. Part 1: Sexual offences

      1. Chapter 1: Criminal Conduct

        1. Section 1: Voyeurism: additional offences

        2. Section 2: Sending etc.an unwanted sexual image (Cyber-flashing)

        3. Section 3: Consequential amendments

        4. Section 4: Sexual grooming: pretending to be a child

        5. Section 5: Abuse of position of trust: relevant positions

        6. Section 6: Private sexual images: threatening to disclose

        7. Section 7: Miscellaneous amendments as to sexual offences

      2. Chapter 2: Anonymity and privacy

        1. Anonymity of victims

          1. Section 8: Extended anonymity of victims

          2. Section 9: Disapplication of anonymity of victim after death

          3. Section 10: Increase in penalty for breach of anonymity

          4. Section 11: Special rules for providers of information society services

        2. Anonymity of suspects

          1. Section 12: Restriction on reports as to suspects of sexual offences

          2. Section 13: Meaning of sexual offence insection 12

          3. Section 14: Power to dis-apply reporting restriction

          4. Section 15: Magistrates’ courts rules

          5. Section 16: Offence relating to reporting

          6. Section 17: Interpretation of sections 12 to 16

          7. Section 18: Consequential amendment

        3. Exclusion from proceedings

          1. Section 19: Serious sexual offences: exclusion of public from court

          2. Section 20: Guidance about Part 1

    2. Part 2: Trafficking and exploitation

      1. Section 21: Support for victims of trafficking etc.

      2. Section 22: Defence for slavery and trafficking victims

      3. Section 23: Reports on slavery and trafficking offences

      4. Section 24: Protective measures for victims of slavery or trafficking

    3. Part 3: Chapter 1: Prevention Orders

      1. Section 25: Qualifying offences for Sexual Offences Prevention Orders (SOPO)

      2. Section 26: Time limit for making Violent Offences Prevention Orders (VOPO)

      3. Chapter 2: Causing or risking serious harm

        1. Section 27: Consent to harm for sexual gratification is no defence

        2. Section 28: Offence of non-fatal strangulation or asphyxiation

    4. Part 4: Final provisions

      1. Section 29: Ancillary regulations

      2. Section 30: Commencement

      3. Section 31: Short title

  5. Schedules

    1. Schedule 1: Consequential amendments: voyeurism (additional offences) and sending etc an unwanted sexual image.

    2. Schedule 2: Miscellaneous amendments as to sexual offences

      1. Part 1: Amendment of references to certain forms of child sexual abuse

      2. Part 2: Amendments relating to the offence of engaging in sexual communication with a child

      3. Part 3: Amendment relating to the offence of paying for the sexual services of a person

    3. Schedule 3: Offence of breach of anonymity: providers of information society services

    4. Schedule 4: Offence of non-fatal strangulation or asphyxiation: Consequential Amendments

  6. Hansard Reports

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