47. Persistent offenders.

As from a day to be appointed, provision is made for a community order to be made in respect of a persistent offender1.

Where a court2 convicts a person of an offence (the 'current offence') and the person is aged 18 or over3 the court may make a community order in respect of that offence instead of imposing a fine4 if:


    (1)     until a day to be appointed5, on three or more previous occasions he has, on conviction by a court in the United Kingdom6 of any offence committed by him after attaining the age of 16, had passed on