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Victims of mentally disordered persons: Northern Ireland|
Mr Paul Goggins
NC29To move the following Clause:
'(1) The Justice (Northern Ireland) Act 2002 (c. 26) is amended as follows.
(2) After section 69 (views on temporary release) insert
(1) The Secretary of State must make a scheme requiring the Secretary of State to make available to persons falling within subsection (2) information about
persons in respect of whom relevant determinations have been made.
(2) The persons referred to in subsection (1) are victims of the offences in respect of which the determinations were made who wish to receive the information.
(3) A relevant determination is made in respect of a person if
(4) The Secretary of State may from time to time make a new scheme or alterations to a scheme.
(5) The information to be made available under a scheme must include information as to any relevant conditions to which a person in respect of whom a relevant determination has been made is to be subject in the event of
(6) A condition is relevant for the purposes of subsection (5) if it appears to the Secretary of State that it might affect a victim of an offence in respect of which the determination was made.
(7) A scheme may require the Secretary of State to take all reasonable steps to ascertain whether a person who appears to him to be the victim of an offence in respect of which a relevant determination has been made wishes to make representations about the matters specified in subsection (8).
(8) The matters are
(9) A scheme that includes provision such as is mentioned in subsection (7) must specify how the representations are to be made.
(10) A scheme may require other information in relation to the discharge of, or the grant of leave of absence to, persons in respect of whom relevant determinations are made to be made available under the scheme.
(11) The other information may include, in cases of a description specified by the scheme or in which the Secretary of State considers it appropriate, the date on which it is anticipated that a person in respect of whom a relevant determination has been made will be discharged or granted leave of absence from hospital.
(12) Subsections (5) to (8) of section 68 apply in relation to a scheme made under this section as they apply in relation to a scheme made under that section.
(13) A scheme may make different provision in relation to different descriptions of persons in respect of whom a relevant determination is made.
(1) If a person who is the victim of an offence in respect of which a relevant determination has been made makes to the Secretary of State representations falling within subsection (2) the Secretary of State has the obligations specified in subsection (3).
(2) Representations fall within this subsection if they are to the effect that the grant of leave of absence to the person in respect of whom the determination has been made would threaten the safety, or otherwise adversely affect the well-being, of
(3) The Secretary of State must
(4) Section 69A(3) (relevant determination) applies for the purposes of this section.".
(3) In section 70 (supplementary), after subsection (3) insert
"(4) In sections 68 and 69 references to a person serving a sentence of imprisonment in Northern Ireland include a person detained in hospital pursuant to a transfer direction and a restriction direction.
(5) In subsection (4) and section 69A(3)
"restriction direction" has the meaning given in Article 55(2) of the Mental Health (Northern Ireland) Order 1986;
(6) In section 69A(3)
"hospital order" has the meaning given in Article 44(1) of the Mental Health (Northern Ireland) Order 1986;
(7) In sections 69A and 69B "leave of absence" means leave of absence under Article 15 of the Mental Health (Northern Ireland) Order 1986.".'.
Removal of anomalies in relation to cohabitants
Mrs Cheryl Gillan
NC1To move the following Clause:
'Part 4 of the Family Law Act 1996 is amended as follows.
(1) Leave out section 41
(2) For section 35(10) substitute
(3) For section 36(10) substitute
(4) For section 37(5) substitute
(5) For section 38(6) substitute
Amendments to the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999 to extend the category of witnesses eligible for assistance on grounds of fear or distress about testifying
Mrs Cheryl Gillan
NC2To move the following Clause:
'In section 17 of the Youth Justice and Criminal Evidence Act 1999 (c. 23) (witnesses eligible for assistance on grounds of fear or distress about testifying) after subsection (4) insert
"(4A) Where the complainant in respect of proceedings relating to any form of molestation, including violence, involving the complainant, a cohabitant, a relevant child or associated persons, is a witness in such proceedings, the witness is eligible for assistance in relation to those proceedings by virtue of this subsection unless the witness has informed the court of the witness' wish not to be so eligible by virtue of this subsection.
(4B) For the purposes of this subsection, 'cohabitant', 'relevant child' and 'asssociated persons' mean a person as defined by section 62 of the Family Law Act 1996 (c.27) (meaning of "cohabitants", "relevant child" and "associated person") as amended by sections 2 and 3 of this Act".'.
Definition of domestic violence
Mrs Cheryl Gillan
NC3To move the following Clause:
Before section 30 in Part 4 of the Family Law Act 1996 (c.27) (Family Homes and Domestic Violence) insert
"30A Definition of domestic violence
(1) In this Act, and in any other family proceedings, 'domestic violence', in relation to any person, means violence against that person by any other person with whom that person is, or has been, in a domestic relationship.
(2) In this section, 'violence' means
(3) Without limiting subsection (2)(c) of this section, a person psychologically abuses a child if that person
(4) Without limiting subsection (2) of this section;.
(5) Behaviour may be psychological abuse for the purposes of subsection (2)(c) of this section which does not involve actual or threatened physical or sexual abuse.".'.