41D. Early release provisions to apply only after specified term (the 'minimum term') has been served.

Other than where it makes a whole life order1, a court2 that passes a life sentence in circumstances where the sentence is fixed by law3 must order that the early release provisions4 are to apply to an offender as soon as he has served the part of his sentence which is specified in the order (the 'minimum term')5. The part of the offender's sentence so specified is to be such as the court considers appropriate taking into account the seriousness of the offence, or of the combination of the offence and any one or more offences associated with it