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This site will tell you all you need to know about suspended sentences.

You need to know that there were two types of suspended sentences until 1 July, 2002.

The first was the suspended sentence of an actual defined period of imprisonment.  A person was sentenced to a term of imprisonment but that term was  " suspended "  for a period, specified by the Court,  of up to two years.

That type of suspended sentence has now gone, except that any person who is still under such a suspended term is still likely to have to serve that term if they commit any other offence during the period of the imprisonment.

The second kind of suspended sentence was the older suspension under Section 21 of the Criminal Justice Act 1985.   That was the sentence where a person was :

 "….. convicted and ordered to come up for sentence within 12 months….."  

That sentence is now in section 11 (1) (c) of the Sentencing Act 2002 

We provide you with a direct link to the two important Acts . . . .

 . . . Parole Act 2002

 . . . Sentencing Act 2002

We also provide you with a direct link to the Government legislation site where you can look up ALL Acts of Parliament and Regulations and Rules. An Act is also known as a Statute. A Regulation is also sometimes known as a Rule. This Government legislation site is still going through some teething problems. But you will be able to access all legislation and find specific Acts and Rules and individual sections.

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