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The Criminal Justice (Northern Ireland) Order 1994

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9.  In Article 8 (driving disqualification where vehicle used for purposes of crime)—

(a)after paragraph (1) insert—“(1A) This Article also applies where a person is convicted by or before any court of common assault or of any other offence involving an assault (including an offence of aiding, abetting, counselling or procuring, or inciting to the commission of, an offence).”;

(b)in paragraph (2) after “this Article applies” insert “by virtue of paragraph (1)”;

(c)after paragraph (2) insert—“(2A) If in a case to which this Article applies by virtue of paragraph (1A) the court is satisfied that the assault was committed by driving a motor vehicle, the court may order the person convicted to be disqualified, for such period as the court thinks fit, for holding or obtaining such a licence.”;

(d)after paragraph (3) insert—

(4) Facilitating the commission of an offence shall be taken for the purposes of this Article to include the taking of any steps after it has been committed for the purpose of disposing of any property to which it relates or of avoiding apprehension or detection, and references in this Article to an offence punishable with imprisonment shall be construed without regard to any prohibition or restriction imposed by or under any statutory provision on the imprisonment of young offenders..

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