Sexual Offences Bill – Comparison & Readings

The last two senate sessions have been moved up on the agenda so no new developments yet, The debate should have continued last Friday (July 10), but was deferred to allow members time to study proposed amendments to the Bill, which arrived late for that sitting.
The amendments deal with, among other things: sexual violations of persons suffering from mental disorders; allowing convicted sex offenders to apply to the court to terminate his/her registration; as well as to protect victims of sexual offences, and witnesses, from having their names and addresses disclosed in the media.
Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Senator the Hon. Dorothy Lightbourne, advised members that the amendments incorporated proposals resonating outside the Senate.
The Bill, passed in the House of Representatives on March 31, seeks to amalgamate various laws relating to incest and other sexual offences, and includes provision for a Sex Offenders Registry and a Sex Offenders Register to monitor offenders, please see below the recent Scottish Amendments/Passage to their bill(s). It is with great interest that I note the speed at which hansards and other notes relating to the Scotts’ debate is readily available to the public while here in Jamaica it’s sometimes a three week wait for hard copies and very little online references for perusal. Anyway let’s compare notes, shall we? to see what we can learn from the Scotts, I am also trying to track the Guyanese debate as well. see posts on sexual offences bill so far

Please also see the UK’s 2003 Sexual Offences Bill

Sexual Offences (Scotland) Bill (SP Bill 11)
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Understanding bills
A Bill to make new provision about sexual offences, and for connected purposes.
Current status of Bill: The Bill passed Stage 3 on 10 June 2009.
Current version of Bill: Bill (as passed) (549KB pdf posted 11.06.2009)

Contents:
Introduction
Stage 1 After Stage 1
Stage 2 After Stage 2
Stage 3
Introduction
This Executive Bill was introduced by Kenny MacAskill MSP on 17 June 2008.
Bill (as introduced) (898KB pdf posted 18.06.2008)
Explanatory Notes (718KB pdf posted 18.06.2008)
Policy Memorandum (466KB pdf posted 18.06.2008)
Delegated Powers Memorandum (54KB pdf posted 19.06.2008)
SPICe briefings on Bill (as introduced)
SB 08-48 Sexual Offences (Scotland) Bill (258 KB pdf posted 17.10.08)
SB 08-57 Sexual Offences (Scotland) Bill: Children (122 KB pdf posted 23.10.08)

Stage 1
The lead committee for Stage 1 was the Justice Committee. The deadline for consideration of Stage 1 was extended to 13 February 2009 (the previous deadline was 23 January 2009).
Lead committee: Justice Committee’s Stage 1 consideration
Lead committee Stage 1 report
The Bill was also considered by the following committees:
Equal Opportunities Committee on 30 September 2008.
Finance Committee on 24 June 2008.
Subordinate Legislation Committee on 9 September 2008, 7 October 2008, 28 October 2008 and 4 November 2008.

Chamber proceedings at Stage 1 (12 February 2009): Official Report and Minutes
The Bill passed Stage 1 on 12 February 2009.

After Stage 1
The Subordinate Legislation Committee considered the Scottish Government’s response to that Committee’s stage 1 report.
Subordinate Legislation Committee meeting, 3 March 2009

Stage 2
The Bill was referred to the Justice Committee at Stage 2.
17 March 2009 (Consideration of amendments, Day 1)
1st Groupings of Amendments for Stage 2 (91KB pdf posted 13.03.2009)
1st Marshalled List of Amendments for Stage 2 (113KB pdf posted 16.03.2009)
Minute
Official Report
24 March 2009 (Consideration of amendments, Day 2)
2nd Groupings of Amendments for Stage 2 (74KB pdf posted 20.03.2009)
2nd Marshalled List of Amendments for Stage 2 (144KB pdf posted 20.03.2009)
Minute
Official Report
31 March 2009 (Consideration of amendments, Day 3)
3rd Groupings of Amendments for Stage 2 (109KB pdf posted 30.03.2009)
3rd Marshalled List of Amendments for Stage 2 (129KB pdf posted 27.03.2009)
Minute
Official Report
The Bill passed Stage 2 on 31 March 2009.
Bill (as amended at Stage 2) (443KB pdf posted 31.03.2009)
Supplementary Delegated Powers Memorandum (18KB pdf posted 18.05.2009)
Revised Explanatory Notes (158KB pdf posted 04.06.2009)
The deadline for Stage 2 was 1 May 2009.

After Stage 2
The Subordinate Legislation Committee considered the delegated powers provisions in this Bill after Stage 2.
Subordinate Legislation Committee meeting, 2 June 2009
SPICe briefing on Bill (Parliamentary Consideration prior to Stage 3):
SB 09-39 Sexual Offences (Scotland) Bill: Stage 3 (233 KB pdf)
Subordinate Legislation Committee 31st Report 2009: Sexual Offences (Scotland) Bill as amended at Stage 2
Stage 3
The Stage 3 meeting was held on 10 June 2009.
Groupings of Amendments for Stage 3 (128KB pdf posted 08.06.2009)
Marshalled List of amendments for Stage 3 (73KB pdf posted 08.06.2009)
Chamber proceedings at Stage 3 (10 June 2009): Official Report and Minutes
The Bill passed Stage 3 on 10 June 2009.
Bill (as passed) (549KB pdf posted 11.06.2009)

COPFS Progress on the Recommendations of the Review of Sexual Offfences

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Author: GLBTQ Jamaica Moderator

Activist and concerned gay man in Jamaica with over 19 years experience in advocacy and HIV/AIDS prevention work, LGBT DJ since 1996.

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