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sexual offences prevention order


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A civil order introduced by s 104 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 to replace restraining orders and sex offender orders provided for by the Sex Offenders Act 1997. The order prohibits the person against whom it is made from doing anything described in the order. It may be imposed by a court dealing with an offender convicted of an offence listed in schs 3 or 5 to the 2003 Act (which include offences other than sexual offences) where it is satisfied that such an order is necessary to protect the public or any particular person from serious sexual harm from the defendant; and that the prohibitions contained in the order will have that effect. An order may be sought by the police by way of complaint to a magistrates' court in cases where a person has been convicted of one of the scheduled offences (or an equivalent offence committed outside the UK) and has since acted in such a way as to give reasonable cause to believe that the order is necessary to protect the public or any particular person from serious sexual harm from the defendant. See also foreign travel order.

Subjects: Law.


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