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Overseas Operations (Service Personnel and Veterans) Act 2021

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  1. Introductory Text

  2. PART 1 Restrictions on prosecution for certain offences

    1. Presumption against prosecution

      1. 1.Prosecutorial decision regarding alleged conduct during overseas operations

      2. 2.Presumption against prosecution

      3. 3.Matters to be given particular weight

      4. 4.Section 3: supplementary

    2. Consent to prosecution

      1. 5.Requirement of consent to prosecute

    3. General

      1. 6.“Relevant offence”

      2. 7.General interpretation etc

  3. PART 2 Overseas operations: limitation periods

    1. 8.Restrictions on time limits to bring actions: England and Wales

    2. 9.Restrictions on time limits to bring actions: Scotland

    3. 10.Restrictions on time limits to bring actions: Northern Ireland

    4. 11.Court's discretion to extend time in certain Human Rights Act proceedings

  4. PART 3 General

    1. 12.Power to make consequential provision

    2. 13.Extent

    3. 14.Commencement and application

    4. 15.Short title

  5. SCHEDULES

    1. SCHEDULE 1

      Excluded offences for the purposes of section 6

      1. PART 1 Criminal conduct etc under armed forces legislation

        1. Criminal conduct etc under armed forces legislation

          1. 1.(1) An offence under section 42 of the Armed Forces...

        2. Corresponding offences under law of England and Wales (including under repealed provisions)

          1. 2.An offence under any provision of the Sexual Offences Act...

          2. 3.An offence under section 1 of the Indecency with Children...

          3. 4.An offence under section 1(1) of the Genocide Act 1969...

          4. 5.An offence under section 54 of the Criminal Law Act...

          5. 6.An offence under section 1 of the Protection of Children...

          6. 7.An offence under section 160 of the Criminal Justice Act...

          7. 8.An offence under any provision of the Sexual Offences Act...

          8. 9.An offence under section 63 of the Criminal Justice and...

          9. 10.An offence under section 62 of the Coroners and Justice...

          10. 11.An offence under section 33 of the Criminal Justice and...

          11. 12.An offence under section 2 of the Modern Slavery Act...

          12. 13.An offence at common law of outraging public decency.

          13. 14.An offence within any of paragraphs 18 to 20 (certain...

          14. 15.A reference in paragraphs 2 to 14 or paragraphs 30...

        3. Interpretation etc

          1. 16.(1) In paragraph 1(1) the reference to the “corresponding civil...

      2. PART 2 International Criminal Court Act 2001

        1. Excluded offences within this Part

          1. 17.An offence under the law of England and Wales or...

        2. England and Wales

          1. 18.An offence under section 51 of the International Criminal Court...

          2. 19.An ancillary offence under the law of England and Wales...

          3. 20.An offence under subsection (1) of section 52 of the...

        3. Northern Ireland

          1. 21.An offence under section 58 of the International Criminal Court...

          2. 22.An ancillary offence under the law of Northern Ireland in...

          3. 23.An offence under subsection (1) of section 59 of the...

        4. Interpretation

          1. 24.In this Part of this Schedule— (a) references to an...

      3. PART 3 International Criminal Court (Scotland) Act 2001

        1. 25.An offence within any of paragraphs 26 to 28 is...

        2. 26.An offence under section 1(1) of the International Criminal Court...

        3. 27.An offence under section 2(1) of that Act (conduct ancillary...

        4. 28.An offence under subsection (3) of section 2 of that...

        5. Interpretation

          1. 29.In this Part of this Schedule references to an ancillary...

      4. PART 4 Other offences of torture

        1. 30.An offence under section 134 of the Criminal Justice Act...

        2. 31.An offence under section 1(1) of the Geneva Conventions Act...

      5. PART 5 Provisions extending jurisdiction in respect of certain sexual offences

        1. Section 72 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003

          1. 32.(1) Where by virtue of section 72 of the Sexual...

        2. Article 76 of the Sexual Offences (Northern Ireland) Order 2008 (S.I. 2008/1769 (N.I. 2))

          1. 33.(1) Where by virtue of Article 76 of the Sexual...

        3. Section 55 of the Sexual Offences (Scotland) Act 2009 (asp 9)

          1. 34.(1) Where by virtue of section 55 of the Sexual...

        4. Provisions superseded by provisions mentioned in paragraphs 32 to 34

          1. 35.Where by virtue of section 7 of the Sex Offenders...

          2. 36.Where by virtue of section 16B of the Criminal Law...

    2. SCHEDULE 2

      Limitation periods: England and Wales

      1. PART 1 Court's discretion to disapply time limits

        1. 1.(1) Section 33 of the Limitation Act 1980 (discretionary exclusion...

      2. PART 2 Restriction of foreign limitation law

        1. 2.(1) The Foreign Limitation Periods Act 1984 is amended as...

    3. SCHEDULE 3

      Limitation periods: Scotland

      1. PART 1 Court's power to override time-limits

        1. 1.(1) The Prescription and Limitation (Scotland) Act 1973 is amended...

      2. PART 2 Restriction of foreign limitation law

        1. 2.(1) The Prescription and Limitation (Scotland) Act 1973 is amended...

    4. SCHEDULE 4

      Limitation periods: Northern Ireland

      1. PART 1 Court's discretion to disapply time limits

        1. 1.(1) Article 50 of the Limitation (Northern Ireland) Order 1989...

      2. PART 2 Restriction of foreign limitation law

        1. 2.(1) The Foreign Limitation Periods (Northern Ireland) Order 1985 (S.I....

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