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Does a Sexual Offences Prevention Order with a specified duration come to an end automatically at the end of that term?

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Produced in partnership with Philip Rule
Published on LexisPSL on 01/11/2018

The following Corporate Crime Q&A produced in partnership with Philip Rule provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Does a Sexual Offences Prevention Order with a specified duration come to an end automatically at the end of that term?
  • Duration of SOPOs
  • SOPOs and the notification provisions
  • Variation of the SOPO
  • The future for SOPOs
  • Replacement of SOPOs by further order

On 8 March 2015, the power to make a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO), formerly found in section 104 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 (SOA 2003), was repealed. This repeal is subject to savings in relation to existing SOPOs, and of course existing SOPOs were unaffected by the legislative change (section 16 of the Interpretation Act 1978; section 114 of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 (ABCPA 2014) which enacts this particular repeal).

Duration of SOPOs

All SOPOs take effect pursuant to SOA 2003, s 107(1) which provides that a SOPO—

  1. prohibits the defendant from doing anything described in the order, or requires the defendant to do anything described in the order (or both), and

  2. has effect for a fi

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