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Crimes of Violence: Curfews

Volume 475: debated on Friday 9 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Justice under what circumstances a judge may suspend a curfew placed on a violent offender; what procedures exist to challenge such a ruling; and if he will make a statement. (204618)

A court may impose a curfew as a condition of a community order or suspended sentence order. It would be open to the court when sentencing to make specific direction as to the start date of the curfew condition, under the general powers to impose such a condition set out in the Criminal Justice Act 2003. It is also open to the court subsequently to vary such a condition, should it see fit, upon application by either the offender or the Offender Manager.