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NCJ Number: 150535 Find in a Library
Title: Statistics on the Operation of the Northern Ireland (Emergency Provisions) Act 1991 for 1993
Corporate Author: Northern Ireland Office
Statistics Branch
HMSO Publications Centre
United Kingdom
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 19
Sponsoring Agency: Northern Ireland Office
London, SW8 5DT, England
Sale Source: Northern Ireland Office
Statistics Branch
HMSO Publications Centre
P.O. Box 276
London, SW8 5DT,
United Kingdom
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This bulletin presents statistics on the operation of Northern Ireland's Emergency Provisions Act 1991 for 1993.
Abstract: It also provides information from previous years for comparison. The Emergency Provisions Act provides the police and army with additional powers to deal with terrorism and facilitates the trial of certain terrorist-type offenses in the Crown Court by a judge sitting without a jury ("Diplock Courts"). The act further provides for the payment of compensation for damage caused to private property under the act, the regulation of the private security industry, and the provision of statutory rights for terrorist suspects in police custody. Data show that 447 persons were tried for terrorist-type offenses in the "Diplock" courts; 328 (73 percent) pleaded guilty, and 413 (92 percent) were found guilty. The acquittal rate for persons pleading not guilty was 29 percent; 119 persons pleaded not guilty and 34 were acquitted. Fifty percent of applications for bail for scheduled offenses were granted. There were 853 applications made to the attorney general for offenses to be certified out of the scheduled mode of trial, of which 572 were successful. For those remanded in custody for scheduled offenses in 1993, the average waiting times were 28.3 weeks remand to committal, 8.3 weeks committal to arraignment, and 28 weeks arraignment to hearing. 13 tables
Main Term(s): Court statistics
Index Term(s): Antiterrorist laws; Corrections; Emergency procedures; Foreign laws
Note: US Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, International Crime Statistics Program.
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