Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse (Amendment) Act 2005

PART 2

Amendments of Principal Act

Amendment of section 1 (interpretation) of Principal Act.

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3.—Section 1(1) of the Principal Act is amended—

( a) in the definition of “abuse”, by inserting in paragraphs ( c) and ( d), after “results”, “, or could reasonably be expected to result,”,

( b) by inserting the following definition after the definition of “abuse”:

“‘admit’, in relation to a document, means—

( a) if the document is an original document, admit that it was written, signed or executed as it purports to have been, and

( b) if the document is a copy of another document, admit that it is a true copy of the other document,

and cognate words shall be construed accordingly;”,

( c) by inserting the following after the definition of “advisor”:

“‘authorised officer’ shall be construed in accordance with section 23;”,

( d) by deleting the definition of “inquiry officer”, and

( e) by substituting the following definition for the definition of “serious offence”:

“‘serious offence’ means an offence for which a person of full age and capacity and not previously convicted may be punished by imprisonment for a term of one year or by a more severe penalty;”.