|The Sex Offenders Act 1997|
|Parliament of the United Kingdom|
|Long title:||An Act to require the notification of information to the police by persons who have committed certain sexual offences; to make provision with respect to the commission of certain sexual acts outside the United Kingdom; and for connected purposes.|
|Statute book chapter:||1997 c. 51|
|Territorial extent:||England and Wales and Northern Ireland (except s.8); Scotland (Pt.I & s.8)|
|Commencement:||1 September 1997|
|Repealing legislation:||Sexual Offences Act 2003, s.140 & Sch.7, subject to saving by s.142(5)|
|Text of statute as originally enacted|
The Sex Offenders Act 1997 (c.51) was an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, which made various sex offenders subject to notification requirements, thereby implementing a sex offenders registry. It also gave courts in the UK extraterritorial jurisdiction over a range of sexual offences.
The Sex Offenders (Notice Requirements) (Foreign Travel) (Scotland) Regulations 2001 (S.I. 2001/188) were made under this section.
The Sex Offenders (Certificate of Caution) Order 1997 (S.I. 1997/1921) was made under section 5(4).
Part II - Sexual offences committed outside of the UK
This section amended the Criminal Law (Consolidation) (Scotland) Act 1995 by inserting section 16B, which contains provision for extraterritorial jurisdiction. Section 142(5) of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 provides that section 16B continues to have effect despite the repeal of this section by that Act.
Part III - Supplementary
Section 9 - Channel Islands and Isle of Man
This section provided that Part I of the Act could be extended to the Channel Islands and to the Isle of Man by Order in Council, with such exceptions and modifications as were specified in the Order. However, no Orders were made under this section.
Section 10 - short title, commencement, and extent
The Sex Offenders Act 1997 (Commencement) Order 1997 (S.I. 1997/1920)(c.78) was made under subsection (2) of this section.
The Sex Offenders Act 1997 (Northern Ireland) Order 2001 (S.I. 2001/853) was made under subsection (3A) of this section.
The provisions of this Act were replaced by Part II of the Sexual Offences Act 2003.
- The Sex Offenders Act 1997 (Commencement) Order 1997, article 2