Sexual offences prevention orders [Archived]

The following Corporate Crime practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Sexual offences prevention orders [Archived]
  • Repeal and transitional provisions
  • What are sexual offences prevention orders?
  • Effect of a SOPO on the notification requirements
  • Duration of a SOPO
  • When could a SOPO be imposed?
  • Imposition of a SOPO on conviction
  • 'Serious sexual harm'
  • Assessment of risk
  • Imposition of a SOPO on police application
  • More...

Sexual offences prevention orders [Archived]

ARCHIVED: This archived Practice Note is not being maintained.

Repeal and transitional provisions

Sexual Offences Prevention Orders (SOPOs) have now been replaced by (a) sexual harm prevention orders (SHPOs) and (b) sexual risk orders (SROs). This is as a result of sections 104 to 129 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 (SOA 2003) having been repealed by the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 (ABCPA 2014). See Practice Notes: Sexual harm prevention orders and Sexual risk orders.

Practitioners should note the effect of the saving and transitional provisions: the repeal or amendment of SOA 2003, ss 104 to 129 (by ABCPA 2014 ) does not apply in relation to:

  1. an application for a SOPO made before 8 March 2015

  2. an existing order (whether made before or after 8 March 2015) which had been applied for before 8 March 2015, or

  3. anything done in connection with such an application or order

Since 8 March 2015 (when ABCPA 2014, s 114 came into force), there can be no variation of an existing risk of sexual harm order or an old order that extends the period of the order of any of its provisions. This means that the courts are prohibited from lengthening the overall duration of such orders or the duration of individual terms.

At the end of the period of five years beginning with

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