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  1. Introductory Text


    1. 1.Title and commencement

    2. 2.Interpretation


    1. Preliminary

      1. 3.Deferment of sentence

    2. Discharge

      1. 4.Absolute and conditional discharge

      2. 5.Commission of further offence by person conditionally discharged

      3. 6.Effect of discharge

      4. 7.Supplementary provisions as to discharge

    3. Community sentences

      1. 8.Restrictions on imposing community sentences

      2. 9.Procedural requirements for community sentences

    4. Probation

      1. 10.Probation orders

      2. 11.Additional requirements which may be included in such orders

      3. 12.Substitution of conditional discharge for probation

    5. Community service orders

      1. 13.Community service orders in respect of convicted persons

      2. 14.Obligations of person subject to community service order

      3. 15.Orders combining probation and community service

    6. Orders: supplemental

      1. 16.Enforcement etc. of community orders

      2. 17.Regulation of community orders

    7. Custodial sentences

      1. 18.Restriction on imposing sentences of imprisonment or detention on persons not legally represented

      2. 19.Restrictions on imposing custodial sentences

      3. 20.Length of custodial sentences

      4. 21.Procedural requirements for custodial sentences

      5. 21A.Disclosure of pre-sentence reports

      6. 22.Additional requirements in the case of mentally disordered offenders

      7. 23.Suspended sentences of imprisonment or orders for detention

      8. 24.Custody probation orders

      9. 25.Supplementary provisions as to custody probation orders

    8. Release on licence of certain offenders

      1. 26.Release on licence of sexual offenders

      2. 27.Breach of licence conditions

      3. 28.Convictions during currency of original sentences

    9. Financial penalties

      1. 29.Fixing of fines

      2. 30.Statements as to offenders' means

      3. 31.False statements as to financial circumstances

      4. 32.Remission of fines

    10. Miscellaneous

      1. 33.Reduction in sentences for guilty pleas

      2. Art. 34 rep. by 2003 NI 13

      3. Art. 35 rep. by 2003 NI 13

      4. 36.Savings for mitigation and mentally disordered offenders

      5. 37.Effect of previous convictions and of offending while on bail


    1. 38.Offences to which this Part applies

    2. 39.Jurisdiction in respect of Group A offences

    3. 40.Questions immaterial to jurisdiction in the case of certain offences

    4. 41.Rules for determining certain jurisdictional questions relating to the location of events

    5. 42.Attempt, conspiracy and incitement

    6. 43.Relevance of external law


    1. Imputations on character

      1. 44.Imputations on character

    2. Corroboration

      1. 45.Abolition of corroboration rules

      2. 46.Abolition of corroboration requirements under Criminal Law Amendment Act 1885

    3. Intimidation, etc., of witnesses, jurors and others

      1. 47.Intimidation, etc., of witnesses, jurors and others

    4. Insanity and unfitness to be tried

      1. 48.Procedure in relation to unfitness to be tried

      2. 49.Trial of the facts in cases of defendants found unfit to be tried

      3. 50.Procedure in relation to finding of insanity

      4. 51.Powers to deal with persons not guilty by reason of insanity or unfit to be tried, etc.

    5. Advance information

      1. 52.Rules as to furnishing of information by prosecution in criminal cases


    1. Certain knives and other dangerous weapons

      1. 53.Manufacture or sale, etc., of certain knives

      2. 54.Sale of knives and certain articles with blade or point to persons under 16

      3. 55.Arrest without warrant for offence of having certain weapons on school premises

    2. Information

      1. 56.Information for financial and other purposes

      2. 57.Rules and orders

      3. 58.Amendments, transitional provisions and repeals


    1. SCHEDULE 1


      1. Requirements as to residence (1) (1) Subject to sub-paragraphs (2) and (3), a probation order...

        1. Requirements as to residence

          1. 1.(1) Subject to sub-paragraphs (2) and (3), a probation order may include requirements as to...

        2. Requirements as to activities etc.

          1. 2.(1) Subject to the provisions of this paragraph, a probation order may require the offender—...

        3. Requirements as to attendance at day centre

          1. 3.(1) Subject to the provisions of this paragraph, a probation order may require the offender...

        4. Requirements as to treatment for mental condition etc.

          1. 4.(1) This paragraph applies where a court proposing to make a probation order is satisfied...

        5. Requirements as to treatment for drug or alcohol dependency

          1. 5.(1) This paragraph applies where a court proposing to make a probation order is satisfied—...

    2. SCHEDULE 2



        1. 1.In this Schedule— “relevant order” means a probation order or a community service order; and...


        1. Issue of summons or warrant

          1. 2.(1) If at any time while a relevant order is in force in respect of...

        2. Powers of court of summary jurisdiction

          1. 3.(1) Where under paragraph 2 an offender is brought or appears before a court of...

        3. Powers of Crown Court

          1. 4.(1) Where . . . . . . . . . . . . ....

        4. Exclusions

          1. 5.(1) Without prejudice to paragraphs 7 and 8, an offender who is convicted of a...

        5. Supplemental

          1. 6.(1) Any exercise by a court of its powers under paragraph 3(1)(a), (b) or (c)...


        1. Revocation of order with or without re-sentencing

          1. 7.(1) This paragraph applies where a relevant order made by a magistrates' court is in...

          2. 8.(1) This paragraph applies where — (a) a relevant order made by the Crown Court...

        2. Revocation of order following custodial sentence

          1. 9.(1) This paragraph applies where— (a) an offender in respect of whom a relevant order...

          2. 10.Where by virtue of paragraph 9(2)(b) an offender is brought or appears before the Crown...

        3. Supplemental

          1. 11.(1) On the making under this Part of an order revoking a relevant order, the...


        1. Amendment by reason of change of residence

          1. 12.. . . . . . . . . . . . . . ....

        2. Amendment of requirements of probation order

          1. 13.(1) A court of summary jurisdiction may, on the application of the offender or the...

          2. 14.(1) Where the medical practitioner or other person by whom or under whose direction an...

        3. Extension of community service order

          1. 15.Where— (a) a community service order is in force in respect of any offender; and...

        4. Supplemental

          1. 16.No order may be made under paragraph 12, and no application may be made under...

          2. 17.(1) Subject to sub-paragraph (2), where a court proposes to exercise its powers under this...

          3. 18.(1) On the making under this Part of an order amending a relevant order ,...

    3. Schedules 3‐5—Amendments

    4. SCHEDULE 6


      1. 1.Each of Articles 8 to 11, 13, 15, 19 to 33, 36 and 37 shall...

      2. 2.Neither paragraph (2) of Article 6, nor the repeal by this Order of section 8...

      3. 3.An order made under Article 49(5) or 50(2) of the Mental Health (Northern Ireland) Order...

    5. Schedule 7—Repeals

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