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The Criminal Justice (Northern Ireland) Order 1996

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Probation Board (Northern Ireland) Order 1982 (NI 10)

13.  In Article 2(2) (interpretation)—

(a)for the definition of “community service order” substitute—

“community service order” means an order under Article 13 of the Criminal Justice (Northern Ireland) Order 1996;

(b)in the definition of “probation order” for “section 1(1) of the Probation Act (Northern Ireland) 1950” substitute “Article 10 of the Criminal Justice (Northern Ireland) Order 1996”.

14.  After Article 14 insert—

Duties of probation officers

14A.  It shall be the duty of probation officers—

(a)to supervise the persons placed under their supervision and to advise, assist and befriend those persons;

(b)to enquire in accordance with any direction of the court into the circumstances or home surroundings of any person with a view to assisting the court in determining the most suitable method of dealing with him; and

(c)to perform such other duties as may be prescribed or imposed by or under any statutory provision or as the Probation Board may direct..

15.  In Schedule 2 (transfer of property and staff) after paragraph 2 add—

3.(1) Any probation officer appointed by the Ministry of Home Affairs before 14th February 1950 shall be deemed to have been appointed under the Probation Act (Northern Ireland) 1950 and any full-time service rendered by him as a probation officer before that date shall, for the purposes of the Superannuation (Northern Ireland) Order 1972 be deemed to have been service in an unestablished capacity.

(2) Sub-paragraph (1) is without prejudice to the [S.I. 1973/2163.] Northern Ireland (Modification of Enactments — No. 1) Order 1973 (which amongst other things transferred the functions of the Ministry of Home Affairs under the the Probation Act (Northern Ireland) 1950 to the Secretary of State)..

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