Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Act 1993


Number 20 of 1993


CRIMINAL LAW (SEXUAL OFFENCES) ACT 1993

REVISED

Updated to 30 June 2017


This Revised Act is an administrative consolidation of the Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Act 1993. It is prepared by the Law Reform Commission in accordance with its function under the Law Reform Commission Act 1975 (3/1975) to keep the law under review and to undertake revision and consolidation of statute law.

All Acts up to and including Criminal Justice Act 2017 (14/2017), enacted 28 June 2017, and all statutory instruments up to and including European Communities (Minimum Conditions for Examining Agriculture Plant Species (Amendment) Regulations 2017 (S.I. No. 311 of 2017), made 30 June 2017, were considered in the preparation of this Revised Act.

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Number 20 of 1993


CRIMINAL LAW (SEXUAL OFFENCES) ACT 1993

REVISED

Updated to 30 June 2017


Introduction

This Revised Act presents the text of the Act as it has been amended since enactment, and preserves the format in which it was passed.

Annotations

This Revised Act is annotated and includes textual and non-textual amendments, statutory instruments made pursuant to the Act and previous affecting provisions.

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Material not updated in this revision

Where other legislation is amended by this Act, those amendments may have been superseded by other amendments in other legislation, or the amended legislation may have been repealed or revoked. This information is not represented in this revision but will be reflected in a revision of the amended legislation if one is available.

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Acts which affect or previously affected this revision

Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Act 2017 (2/2017)

Taxi Regulation Act 2013 (37/2013)

Criminal Justice (Withholding of Information on Offences against Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act 2012 (24/2012)

Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) (Amendment) Act 2007 (6/2007)

Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) Act 2006 (15/2006)

Sexual Offenders Act 2001 (18/2001)

Children Act 2001 (24/2001)

Bail Act 1997 (16/1997)

Criminal Law Act 1997 (14/1997)

Criminal Justice (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1997 (4/1997)

Civil Legal Aid Act 1995 (32/1995)

Criminal Evidence Act 1992 (12/1992)

Criminal Law (Rape) Act 1981 (10/1981)

All Acts up to and including Criminal Justice Act 2017 (14/2017), enacted 28 June 2017, were considered in the preparation of this revision.

Statutory instruments which affect or previously affected this revision

None

All statutory instruments up to and including European Communities (Minimum Conditions for Examining Agriculture Plant Species (Amendment) Regulations 2017 (S.I. No. 311 of 2017), made 30 June 2017, were considered in the preparation of this revision.

Number 20 of 1993


CRIMINAL LAW (SEXUAL OFFENCES) ACT 1993

REVISED

Updated to 30 June 2017

ARRANGEMENT OF SECTIONS


Acts Referred to

Criminal Law Amendment Act, 1885

48 & 49 Vict., c. 69

Criminal Law Amendment Act, 1912

2 & 3 Geo. 5, c. 20

Criminal Law Amendment Act, 1935

1935, No. 6

Criminal Law Amendment Acts, 1885 to 1935

Dublin Police Act, 1842

5 & 6 Vict., c. 24

Offences against the Person Act, 1861

24 & 25 Vict., c. 100

Towns Improvement (Ireland) Act, 1854

17 & 18 Vict., c. 103

Town Police Clauses Act, 1847

10 & 11 Vict., c. 89

Vagrancy Act, 1898

61 & 62 Vict., c. 39

Number 20 of 1993


CRIMINAL LAW (SEXUAL OFFENCES) ACT 1993

REVISED

Updated to 30 June 2017

AN ACT TO AMEND THE LAW IN RELATION TO SEXUAL OFFENCES AND FOR THAT PURPOSE TO AMEND THE OFFENCES AGAINST THE PERSON ACT, 1861, IN RELATION TO BUGGERY; TO AMEND THE CRIMINAL LAW AMENDMENT ACTS, 1885 TO 1935; TO REPEAL THE VAGRANCY ACT, 1898, AND CERTAIN PROVISIONS OF CERTAIN OTHER ENACTMENTS RELATING TO SEXUAL OFFENCES AND TO PROVIDE FOR CONNECTED MATTERS. [7 th July, 1993]

BE IT ENACTED BY THE OIREACHTAS AS FOLLOWS:

Annotations:

Editorial Notes:

E1

A number of Acts refer to offences under this Act as disqualifying or potentially disqualifying offences, or as otherwise meriting certain treatment. They include:

Criminal Justice (Spent Convictions and Certain Disclosures) Act 2016 (4/2016), s. 5 and sch. 1

Children First Act 2015 (36/2015), s. 2 (sexual abuse included in the definition of harm)

Taxi Regulation Act 2013 (37/2013), ss. 10, 30 and 31 and sch. part 1 item 8

Criminal Justice (Withholding of Information on Offences against Children and Vulnerable Persons) Act 2012 (24/2012), s. 2 and sch. 1

Children Act 2001 (24/2001), ss. 251, 253-257 and sch. 1

Sex Offenders Act 2001 (18/2001), ss. 3, 10 and sch. paras. 12, 14

Bail Act 1997 (16/1997), s. 1 and sch. 1 paras. 12, 29 and 30

Criminal Justice (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1997 (4/1997), s. 10 and sch. 1

Civil Legal Aid Act 1995 (32/1995), s. 26 as amended by Civil Law (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 2008 (14/2008), s. 78

Criminal Evidence Act 1992 (12/1992), s. 2 (included in definition of sexual offence) and Part III

Criminal Law (Rape) Act 1981 (10/1981), ss. 3, 4A(6) as amended by Criminal Law (Sexual Offences) (Amendment) Act 2007 (6/2007), s. 3(1), (2)