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Explanatory Memorandum to Criminal Justice (Northern Ireland) Order 2005

2.Background and Policy Objectives

2.1.The Order provides for a series of improvements to the criminal justice system in Northern Ireland in terms of its powers and procedures in the field of law and order. The main provisions of the Order relate to anti-social behaviour legislation; adjustments to prisons law; new powers in respect of proceeds of crime investigation and road traffic (drink-driving) offences; and the creation of a new Probation-led victim information scheme. It makes provision for a number of miscellaneous matters including bail, youth courts and legal aid.

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