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Violent Offender Order

Under Sections 98-117 of the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act 2008 (which came into force on 3 August 2009) such an order can contain such prohibitions, restrictions or conditions as the court considers necessary for the purpose of protecting the public from the risk of serious violent harm caused by the offender. The prohibitions, restrictions or conditions may prevent the offender:

  • From going to any specified place or premises, either at all or between specified times;
  • From attending any specified event;
  • From having any, or any specified description of, contact with any specified person.

The order can be for between 2 and 5 years’ duration.

A qualifying offender is a person who is:

  • Over 18; who has been convicted (including in countries outside England and Wales) of a specified offence (manslaughter; soliciting murder; wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm); attempting/conspiring to commit murder; malicious wounding) in respect of which a custodial sentence of at least 12 months was imposed, or a hospital order (with or without restriction) was made; or who has been found not guilty of such an offence by reason of insanity, and the court made a hospital order or a supervision order.