As a rule, where a court passes a life sentence1 it must order that the early release provisions2 apply to the offender as soon as he has served the part of the sentence which is specified in the order3. However, if the court is of the opinion that, because of the seriousness of the offence or of the combination of the offence and one or more offences associated with it, no such order should be made, it must instead order that the early release provisions are not to apply to the offender (a 'whole life order'), or that those
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